The director of the Elpis General Hospital in Athens expressed surprise and dismay Thursday at his dismissal while on a fund-raising trip to the United States.
Thodoros Giannaros, known for establishing the Germany-based Griechenlandhilfe organization that campaigns for donations of hospital equipment and materials, told Kathimerini Thursday that he was fired over the telephone following a two-and-a-half minute interview with the new review board set up by the SYRIZA government to evaluate civil service workers.
“They asked me what the ratio between payroll, supplies and medicines was in the budget, and that’s it. I told them that was information they could find in the hospital’s records.”
He stressed his surprise at the decision, saying that he has no political affiliations, adding that during his tenure as the head of the hospital he has created three new clinics and brought in donations of important equipment from Germany, the US and elsewhere.