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In Volos, Coronavirus Admissions Straining Main Hospital

November 9, 2021

VOLOS, Greece – Over 2,500 doctors have been hired in the last two years, and calls for applications of health staff continue, Alternate Health Minister Mina Gaga said in Volos on Tuesday.

The doctor was visiting Achilopoulio Hospital of Volos, a city in central Greece with heavy viral loads and casualties due to the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital, one of the largest in Greece, has been under severe pressure from the influx of patients with Covid-19. 371 residents of the city have died so far of coronavirus-related causes.

“For several years now there never was any plan about how many doctors are needed, and specializations cannot be produced out of a hat. It’s not a process that only takes two months,” she noted. The private sector needs to lend a hand, the minister said, adding that the clinic ‘Elpis’ in Volos has made an additional 10 beds available for non-Covid patients, while if need be the 7th floor in Achilopoulio will be also brought into play.

At a meeting with Efthymis Tsamis, president of the Magnissia region medical association, they discussed the option of inviting private doctors to help during the pandemic in the mornings. They would be included in the rolling outpatient needs (efimeries) and paid 2,000 euros a month (untaxed) and 250 euros a month (taxed) for extra schedules.

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