PM finds hospital units shut

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis found yesterday that the Thriasio Hospital in western Attica may have state-of-the-art facilities but many remain closed because of an old fashioned shortage of nursing staff. Furthermore, the door to the hemodialysis unit was locked because the contractor who built it had not yet given the key to the hospital administration. The prime minister visited the cardiology unit, which despite being fitted out with the latest equipment, was closed due to a lack of nurses, according to its medical staff. The equipment, a doctor said, had been in place for 10 years. Hospital director Thanasis Rallis said that many pieces of equipment were at risk of breaking down through lack of use. On the other hand, more patients are being brought to the hospital by ambulance since the Attiki Odos opened. Karamanlis said the government would give priority to getting these two units open, as well as the hospital’s Latseio Burns Center, which was also closed, and that every attempt was being made to deal with the problem of low wages.