Officials pledge better conditions at prison clinics

Officials pledge better conditions at prison clinics

Greek authorities have pledged immediate measures to improve conditions at the hospital and psychiatric clinic of Athens’s maximum-security Korydallos Prison following a protest by inmates who have been refusing food and medication for over 20 days.

Inmates have been protesting substandard infrastructure, the inadequate number of doctors and shortages in medical supplies.

Following a request by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos and Health Minister Andreas Xanthos Tuesday issued a joint statement saying that plans are under way to bolster healthcare for inmates in Greek prisons, including administrative reforms, the hiring of extra staff and upgrades in equipment.

It added that 50 people have left prison as a result of legislation granting early release to prisoners with serious disabilities introduced earlier this year.

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