Hos­pi­tal probe over sup­plies

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Doc­tors, ex­ec­u­tives and other em­ploy­ees at the Ip­pokra­tio Hos­pi­tal in Athens are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated af­ter pub­lic in­spec­tors dis­cov­ered roughly 1 mil­lion eu­ros’ worth of sur­gi­cal equip­ment in a stock­room that the in­sti­tu­tion’s man­agers seemed to be un­aware of.

Health Min­is­ter An­dreas Lover­dos re­vealed that the stock­room was dis­cov­ered when in­spec­tors vis­ited the hos­pi­tal last month. He said that the Ip­pokra­tio was only meant to keep 200,000 eu­ros’ worth of sup­plies in stock. He also sug­gested that doc­tors had bro­ken pro­cure­ment rules in build­ing up this col­lec­tion of equip­ment, which in­cluded pace­mak­ers, valves, catheters and sur­gi­cal mesh.

“This has to stop,” said Lover­dos. “The Greek peo­ple can­not take this any­more. They can­not keep pay­ing for this.”

The min­is­ter said that doc­tors or­dered the items di­rectly from sup­pli­ers, which would de­liver them with­out hav­ing re­ceived an of­fi­cial or­der from the hos­pi­tal. Lover­dos said that the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered by in­spec­tors would be sub­mit­ted by first in­stance pros­e­cu­tor Eleni Raikou.

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