Greek hospitals struggling over equipment shortages


Eight years of austerity has had a major impact on the efficacy of public hospitals, leaving several lacking key equipment or barely coping with old machines that frequently malfunction, Kathimerini understands.

According to recent research carried out by the union of Greek public hospital workers (POEDIN), at least 16 state hospitals do not have a CT scanner and another 25 have old machines that often break down.

“Many of the machines are close to the end of their shelf life,” POEDIN chief Michalis Giannakos told Kathimerini. “There have been no investments in new equipment for eight years,” he said, adding that any new machines were donations or purchased with European subsidies.