Attiko hospital struggles under emergency duty burden

The management of the Attiko Hospital in Haidari, western Athens, said on Friday that a shortage of beds and staff have resulted in it being unable to take in its usual share of patients during emergency duty.

The hospital, which serves Piraeus as well as all of the western suburbs of Athens when it is on emergency duty, is on average 20 percent above full capacity during emergency hours, admitting as many as 200 patients from 1,000 consultations.

The management has asked that ambulance services take only a certain percentage of their cases to the Attiko until it can find a solution to the problem.