State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus on Tuesday expressed fears that the planned mergers between clinics and hospitals being attempted by the government will erode the quality of care offered by Greece's national health system, "taking it 30 years back".
Speaking during a press conference about the proposed reorganisation plan, they predicted that gurneys doubling as sick beds would soon start to reappear in state hospital corridors.
The head of their union EINAP Stathis Tsoukalos said the plan would create "monster-clinics" where as many as 100 patients would be handled by just one coordinator, who would be completely unable to cope, especially on days when the hospital was on emergency duty.
Predicting that control of hospitals will be lost, he also raised question about how the new clinic supervisors will be selected and noted that many former supervisors in the old clinics might contest the choice in courts as politically or otherwise motivated.
Doctors additionally questioned the benefit of such mergers, pointing out that the ministry target was to make savings of 30 million euro a year when the overall cost of running the NHS was 13 billion euro a year.
Another issue raised by EINAP representatives were the chemicals used by police on June 29 in Syntagma Square to disperse crowds, repeating that these substances were especially toxic and have never been used so heavily and extensively in the past.