Sur­geons call for tools to work on cere­bral ar­ter­ies

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Doc­tors at Evan­ge­lis­mos Hos­pi­tal in Athens called on man­age­ment yes­ter­day to pro­vide them with the equip­ment and re­sources needed to op­er­ate on cere­bral ar­ter­ies to treat brain hem­or­rhag­ing, aneurisms and tu­mors. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­tors, only one pub­lic hos­pi­tal and two mil­i­tary units can cur­rently carry out such pro­ce­dures. This means that most of the 1,200 cases recorded in Greece each year end up be­ing treated at pri­vate hos­pi­tals, which costs so­cial se­cu­rity funds and pa­tients a to­tal of 30 mil­lion euros per year. Evan­ge­lis­mos’s ex­ec­u­tive board re­cently de­cided that the op­er­a­tions should be car­ried out at the hos­pi­tal but the doc­tors said the same decision was taken 14 years ago and noth­ing hap­pened.

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