Pub­lic hos­pi­tals face ma­jor short­ages in staff, equip­ment

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Ma­jor de­lays at emer­gency units and short­ages in staff, in­clud­ing doc­tors and paramedics, at Greek pub­lic hos­pi­tals have been high­lighted in a re­port penned by the Fed­er­a­tion of Pub­lic Hospi­tal Work­ers (POEDIN). The re­port, based on in­spec­tions car­ried out at 61 Greek Na­tional Health Ser­vice (ESY) fa­cil­i­ties, also pointed to a lack of ad­e­quate med­i­cal equip­ment.

At the Pa­pa­geor­giou Hospi­tal in Thes­sa­loniki, for in­stance, pa­tients at the emer­gency unit had to wait up to eight hours to be seen, while at Nikaia Hospi­tal, near Pi­raeus, they faced a wait of up to seven hours.

Ac­cord­ing to staff, cer­tain hos­pi­tals were un­able to carry out tro­ponin tests or­dered to help di­ag­nose heart at­tacks, for in­stance, while in many cases those es­cort­ing pa­tients acted as paramedics. Traf­fic at emer­gency units has in­creased by 40 per­cent in the last three years, the sur­vey noted.

Many pa­tients left hos­pi­tals with­out be­ing ex­am­ined, the re­port con­cluded.

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