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Riot police to Children’s Hospital health workers protesting the shut down of emergency care

Doctors and nurses at Penteli Children’s Hospital protested against the decision of the Health Ministry to turn the hospital to a mega vaccination center for children and to shut down emergency care for children in the upcoming weeks and thus amid the pandemic. Local residents in eastern Attica and representatives of left-wing political parties joined the protest, while the government deployed even riot police that created a chaos also to people who had an vaccination appointment.

On social media, Greeks posted that police hindered those bringing their children to vaccination against Covid-19,falsely claiming that it was the anarchists of Rouvikonas staging a protest.

The representative of Communist party KKE, Thanassis Pafilis said that “this incident shows that the health workers are the enemy for the governmental policy, the workers who are struggling to keep a crucial hospital open.” He called on the Ministry of Citizen’s protection to withdraw the riot police forces.

Children’s Hospital Pentelis is serving thousands of children in eastern Attica. By cancelling the emergency care means that the parents would need to bring their ill children to two public hospitals in downtown Athens or seek private clinics.

The Children’s Hospital operates on 24-hour duty every Monday, Thursday and every second Sunday and from 8 am-2:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

According to the schedule the on duty service today, Sunday, was supposed to start at 8 am and end at 2:30 p.m. on upcoming Tuesday.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris filed a lawsuit against the health workers of Pentelis hospital, once they declared that the would launch a protest action.

PS and here we see another Greek paradox: normally Greek governments deploy riot police against health workers on strike or work stoppage. Today, riot police has been deployed against health workers demanding an open hospital.

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One comment

  1. Well, they have to get their money’s worth since they decided to spend so much money on policing rather than healthcare during the pandemic. Might as well give all those moron baboons they hired something to do – harassing the populace while they do their democratic right of peaceful protest sounds about right for this fascist, authoritarian regime.