Public hospitals face major shortages in staff, equipment

29 November 2016
11 Views

Major delays at emergency units and shortages in staff, including doctors and paramedics, at Greek public hospitals have been highlighted in a report penned by the Federation of Public Hospital Workers (POEDIN). The report, based on inspections carried out at 61 Greek National Health Service (ESY) facilities, also pointed to a lack of adequate medical equipment.

At the Papageorgiou Hospital in Thessaloniki, for instance, patients at the emergency unit had to wait up to eight hours to be seen, while at Nikaia Hospital, near Piraeus, they faced a wait of up to seven hours.

According to staff, certain hospitals were unable to carry out troponin tests ordered to help diagnose heart attacks, for instance, while in many cases those escorting patients acted as paramedics.

Traffic at emergency units has increased by 40 percent in the last three years, the survey noted.

Many patients left hospitals without being examined, the report concluded.

You may be interested

Retail sales rise 9.6 pct in February
FINANCE
shares38 views
FINANCE
shares38 views

Retail sales rise 9.6 pct in February

makis - Apr 28, 2017

Greek retail sales by volume rose 9.6 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago after a…

Property owners up against wall
FINANCE
shares45 views
FINANCE
shares45 views

Property owners up against wall

makis - Apr 28, 2017

Apartment owners in central Athens and other parts of the Greek capital are ready to make the most of the…

Dog attack on Crete leaves two men hospitalized
GREECE
shares44 views
GREECE
shares44 views

Dog attack on Crete leaves two men hospitalized

makis - Apr 28, 2017

Two men were hospitalized on the island of Crete after being mauled by a pit bull, local reports said on…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.