No Doctors, No Ambulance, Clinic Closed: Greek Woman Dies

(Photo by Eurokinissi/Stelios Misinas, FILE)

With the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition ignoring pleas from doctors and hospitals to add staff, a 48-year-old mother of two from the western Greece town of Thesprotia after falling ill because there was no doctor available, the clinic was closed, and no ambulance.

The woman, whose name was not given, went to the Margariti Health Center in her town but it closed early. It was 50 meters from her home, said Kathimerini. There was no report on the nature of her illness.

The union of public hospital workers POEDIN said that “they could have saved the woman if the health center had been open, as her medical history was known.”

Instead, she had to be taken to the town of Igoumenitsa, 13.6 miles away, that had dispatched an ambulance, but POEDIN said it was too late.

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  1. Medical system in Greece collapsed years ago, the small clinics need to be staffed 24/7, with quick transfer/tranportation to a real hospital, if better care is needed..the problems are worse in more rural and island locations, where sick, injured have died needlessly, the whole system needs to be overhauled, with new equipment 2,000+ Nea Ambulances, Plus About 18 Nea Medical Helicopters, Nea Clinics more locations, more equipment to deal with more than bandaids, more staff..etc etc, all need to be paid more as well, EKAB is so underfunded its criminal.

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