Public health sys­tem on brink, doc­tors warn

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The Na­tional Health Sys­tem (ESY) is on the the brink of col­lapse, ac­cord­ing to the Pan­hel­lenic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (PIS), which cited chronic short­ages in staff and equip­ment at public hos­pi­tals around the coun­try due to lim­ited fi­nances, and dis­rup­tions in the pri­mary health­care sys­tem.

The as­so­ci­a­tion added that the only rea­son the health sys­tem is still run­ning is due to the ef­forts of ex­ist­ing staff, whose en­durance lev­els, how­ever, are be­ing put to the test.

“The av­er­age age of ESY doc­tors is 60. And these peo­ple will be leav­ing in a few years,” said PIS pres­i­dent Michail Vlas­tarakos, adding that public hos­pi­tals need 6,500 ad­di­tional per­ma­nent med­i­cal staff.

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