Greece’s health minister ordered on Monday morning the requisitioning of private sector doctors’ services in the region of wider Athens region with the aim to help the public hospitals cope with the surge of coronavirus infections. The order affects pneumonologists, pathologists and general practitioners.
Among the criteria for the requisition are that doctors are below 60 years old and have contacts with national health care service EOPPY. The forcibly enlisting will allow doctors to keep their private offices and will grant them 2,000 euros tax-free.
The requisition order is for one month.
Those who will refuse to follow the requisition order are threatened with 3-month imprisonment, state broadcaster ERT reported.
According to a statement by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, the Ministry has “for weeks addressed the invitation to private doctors to assist the public hospitals.”
Λαμβάνοντας υπ’ όψιν τις έκτακτες συνθήκες και την επιτακτική ανάγκη περίθαλψης των συνανθρώπων μας, το Υπουργείο Υγείας προβαίνει σε επίταξη προσωπικών υπηρεσιών ιατρών των ειδικοτήτων Παθολόγων, Πνευμονολόγων και Γενικών Ιατρών στην Αττική. https://t.co/p4uPtXVjKT
— Vassilis Kikilias (@Vkikilias) March 22, 2021
The statement added that “taking into account the emergency conditions and the urgent need for treatment of our fellow human beings, the health ministry is drafting private-sector pathologists, pulmonologists and general practitioners in the Attica region,” Kikilias said in a statement on Monday.
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About 5 years ago I spent 40 days in one of Athens main hospitals. On most days there were so many patients that there weren’t enough rooms and patients were in beds all along the corridors.
I had to purchase my own tape to put around my arm to keep my drip in since they often had shortages. You were given clean sheets to change your own bed.
Hats off to some of those nurses, but honestly what improvements have been made in the last 5 years? how can one expect things to be any better in a pandemic if no special hospitals have been set up in a year? Happy to hear about what measures have been taken….