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ICU Beds Donated to Greek Hospital Only Partially in Operation, SYRIZA MPs Report

November 13, 2020

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Secretary Dimitris Tzanakopoulos and MP Olga Gerovasili on Friday refuted that all 50 ICU beds donated by parliament to Sotiria hospital were in full operation, following a visit to the hospital.

In statements in the peristylium of parliament, Tzanakopoulos reported that only two of four sub-units, with 12 and 13 beds, respectively, were currently operating "in which there are two patients being treated at this time, with a reduced and movable staff."

They noted statements made by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in parliament on Thursday, "according to which 50 beds are immediately available at this time and able to accept patients" and also his statement that if this be proved wrong "he will personally ask for the resignation of the hospital director."

"We are waiting, therefore, to see the consequences of the words and actions of Mr. Mitsotakis," Tzanakopoulos said.

He also reported meeting the director of Sotiria Hospital "who refused without reason to show us the list of the personnel serving in this 50-bed unit."

"The government, in the phase we are today, for which it bears criminal responsibility, cannot continue to play a communications game. The Greek people need to feel safety and certainty, to know the truth," Gerovasili noted, on her part, noting that their visit to the hospital made them realise "that yesterday, Mr. Mitsotakis lied.

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