Henry Dunant workers resist plans for indebted Athens hospital’s privatization

A few hours after a joint board meeting of the Henry Dunant hospital and the Greek Red Cross announced on Friday that the operation of the troubled Athens hospital may be suspended on Wednesday, workers demanded that the clinic remain under state control.

The government has said it plans to privatize the hospital, which is located on Mesogeion Avenue just north of central Athens.

Its debts are estimated at between 120-170 million euros.

“We demand that the Dunant be placed under direct state control, with full and exclusive state funding,” the workers said, adding that the privatization would result in some 500 people losing their jobs.

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