Kikilias: Supporting National Health System a Top Government Priority

ATHENS – Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced the creation of additional ICUs and the hiring of more doctors and nurses, while speaking in parliament on Wednesday. Briefing members of the parliament's social affairs committee on the latest developments concerning the pandemic and the ministry's plan going forward, Kikilias underlined that it is the government's priority and pledge to support the national health system through a new national strategic plan that is currently underway.

He said that all auxiliary nursing staff will be given permanent jobs in the state health system, that the hiring of 942 permanent doctors is now in the final stage and that the ICUs throughout Greece will increase to 1,200.

"Our aim is to reach the European average, which is 12 ICU beds per 100,000 citizens," he said, adding that "patients' lives are our top priority."



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