ATHENS – A 19-year-old pregnant girl died waiting more than 1 ½ hours for an ambulance to arrive, passing away from complications before a second call was made by her family and a medical unit dispatched.
She was not identified but state broadcaster ERT said that the first call wasn’t given a high priority because there are many similar requests although her family said she wasn’t well and experiencing contractions.
The National First Aid Center (EKAB) took the calls, the second reportedly indicating the teen was giving birth but it took another 20 minutes for a medical team to get there, but she had already died.
Media reports said an investigation has been ordered to find out what happened and the cause of death will come after an examination by a forensic pathologist on the girl’s body.
The tragedy came as PASOK-KINAL leader Nikos Androulakis, campaigning ahead of the June 25 second round of elections, spoke of “tragic results for the Greek people” due to a lack of staff in EKAB as he visited the headquarters.
He accused the former ruling New Democracy government of not putting the billions of euros of the Recovery Fund to proper use in order to create a modern National Health System.
It was said that there’s little interest in working for the service because of low pay and lack of incentives, creating a widespread shortage even in the capital of at last 20 more ambulances needed for every shift and 10 at night and 700 more workers.