Un­der­staffing puts ICUs at risk

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The Health Min­istry is scram­bling to plug short­ages that have left the in­ten­sive­care units of ma­jor state hos­pi­tals dan­ger­ously un­der­staffed, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

The con­tracts of 170 nurs­ing staff ex­pired re­cently, leav­ing hos­pi­tals like Sotiria and Evan­ge­lis­mos in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. At Evan­ge­lis­mos, the man­age­ment has been ro­tat­ing staff from other de­part­ments in a bid to keep its three ICUs op­er­a­tional.

Health Min­istry of­fi­cials have stressed that such stop­gap so­lu­tions will keep the ICUs open un­til work­ers’ con­tracts are re­newed. It re­mains un­clear when that will hap­pen, how­ever. Mean­while, the union rep­re­sent­ing Greek nurses claims that sev­eral ICUs have al­ready stopped op­er­at­ing due to the short­ages.

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