Hos­pi­tals on the scrounge

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Short­ages of equip­ment and staff in the health sec­tor have re­sulted in two key Athens hos­pi­tals, the Alexan­dra and the Elena Venizelou, bor­row­ing from each other and third par­ties, ac­cord­ing to the Fed­er­a­tion of Pub­lic Hospi­tal Work­ers (POEDIN).

“Their bud­gets are in the red,” POEDIN said yes­ter­day. “They are un­able to main­tain their in­fra­struc­ture and their equip­ment or to pro­cure medicines and med­i­cal equip­ment,” it said.

Ac­cord­ing to POEDIN, hos­pi­tals got 1.15 bil­lion eu­ros in state fund­ing this year, down from 1.5 bil­lion last year. They owe 1.3 bil­lion eu­ros in debts to the state.

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