ATHENS – One of Greece’s top public health facilities, Evangelismos Hospital in the heart of the capital is being left to its own without key equipment as part of continued budget cuts by the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition, the major opposition New Democracy said.
The Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Health, Vassilis Economou, berated the Leftists for the state of the hospital, where he said a critical coronary angiography machine has been out of service for nearly 20 days and nothing has been done, said Kathimerini.
“The image of abandonment of Evangelismos, one of the largest hospitals in the country, is absolutely indicative of what is happening throughout the country,” Economou said, adding that SYRIZA has not been “socially sensitive,” as it promised.
Tsipras moved to replace hospital managers with SYRIZA loyalists but Economou didn’t mention that New Democracy also cut the health budget as part of demands to satisfy the country’s creditors and even had proposed a 5-euro admission fee to get into hospitals.
“Their (the government) cynical indifference has surpassed all limits and it is fortunate for the country that the countdown for the government has started,” he said of SYRIZA and Tsipras, who came to power on promises to help the country’s most vulnerable but essentially abandoned them and imposed more harsh austerity measures he swore to end.
Economou’s statement came after a complaint filed by the union representing hospital staff to a prosecutor about what it called a “tragic” situation at the Psychiatric Department, demanding the immediate introduction of measures to protect patients and staff.