Lo­cal health clinic scheme short of tar­get on an­niver­sary

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A year af­ter the gov­ern­ment launched an ini­tia­tive to im­prove the pri­mary health­care sys­tem by es­tab­lish­ing a net­work of lo­cal health clin­ics, Health Minister An­dreas Xan­thos ad­mit­ted that fewer than half the clin­ics that had been her­alded are in op­er­a­tion and many of those are un­der­staffed.

Of the 239 clin­ics the gov­ern­ment had promised would be up and run­ning in a year, only 101 are cur­rently ac­tive, staffed by some 250 doc­tors. That num­ber is to dou­ble once new va­can­cies have been an­nounced and filled, Xan­thos said, ad­mit­ting that ex­ist­ing clin­ics “don’t all have the level of staffing that we’d like.”

A key ob­sta­cle to staffing the clin­ics is the em­i­gra­tion of thou­sands of Greek doc­tors, the minister said.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin (r) looks on as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ad­dresses re­porters in Moscow yesterday. The pair dis­cussed co­op­er­a­tion in en­ergy and tourism and said a diplo­matic spat this sum­mer was over.

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