Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is due on Tuesday to inaugurate the new surgery wing of the Greek capital’s Evangelismos Hospital, built with funding from the National Bank of Greece.
The new surgery wing will consist of 22 state-of-the-art operating theaters, with 14 currently completed and ready to be put into operation. It will also house intensive care units for cardiology and neurology patients as well as other facilities.
The National Bank of Greece has donated 30 million euros toward the revamp of one of Athens’s main hospitals, located in the central Kolonaki district, with construction expected to be completed within the next two years.
Meanwhile, workers at the healthcare facility have organized a rally to coincide with Tuesday’s inauguration in protest at staff shortages.
The union representing Evangelismos Hospital workers claims that the 12 operating theaters currently on operation are understaffed and require at least 30 new personnel in order to function at full capacity. They say the shortage means that staff members are required to work double shifts and are unable to take their full leave of absence.
Management has responded to these concerns by announcing the hiring 22 nurses on seven-month contracts and pledging to appoint another 20 members of staff transferred from other facilities.