Union de­cries con­di­tions at Greek state hos­pi­tals

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A doc­tor at the Greek cap­i­tal’s Elpis Hos­pi­tal was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion yes­ter­day af­ter fall­ing from a sig­nif­i­cant height when a stair­way ban­is­ter gave way. The un­named res­i­dent sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries and had to be put on life sup­port. The in­ci­dent prompted a terse re­sponse from the Union of Athens and Pi­raeus Hos­pi­tal Doc­tors (EINAP), which wrote a let­ter to the Health Min­istry de­cry­ing poor main­te­nance and re­pairs at pub­lic hos­pi­tals. “Se­ri­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity [for the in­ci­dent] rests with those who over­look safety stan­dards at this hos­pi­tal in par­tic­u­lar but also many oth­ers by con­stantly cut­ting back and ‘sav­ing on’ the rel­e­vant funds,” the union said in its let­ter. The Athens Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion said the in­ci­dent “highlights the col­lapse of the Na­tional Health Sys­tem and the ad­verse con­di­tions in which hos­pi­tal staff must work.”

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