The “collapse of the national health system and the accounts of the people working in it show that the tragedy that Greece is experiencing, for the fourth consecutive time, bears the signature of [Prime Minister] Kyriakos Mitsotakis,” main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance said on Friday.
According to the party, the “latest episode in the collapse of the governmental ‘success story’ is the legal warning by 36 doctors at the Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki.” According to SYRIZA, this confirms the party’s own warnings “that the treatment of patients with Covid is being undertaken by doctors who are not specialised in the required care” but who have other specialties.
It cited a report in the newspaper “Dimokratia” that the monitoring of Covid patients had been assigned to surgeons and eye doctors at Papanikolaou, due to a lack of doctors of the right specialty, adding that Papanikolaou was “unfortunately, not an exception.”
SYRIZA accused the government of treating the support of the national health system as a “luxury” and refusing to implement a plan that used both public, private and military health infrastructure in the fight against the pandemic, as well as failing to provide incentives to attract staff to the public health system. Instead, it added, the government confined itself to “bullying” a few dozen freelance doctors with small private surgeries, most of whom did not have adequate hospital experience.
The party’s announcement concluded by accusing Mitsotakis of “heartlessness” and of “leaving people defenceless, at the mercy of the fourth lethal wave of the coronavirus”.