It is unbelievable but true; the Greek state is incapable of making the most of gifts and donations granted to it. The latest example concerns the donation of funds for the creation of a new ward at Evangelismos Hospital in Athens. The agreement to finance the creation of the new department has been stymied by bureaucracy and official negligence for the past three years. It took drastic intervention by Health Minister Andreas Loverdos to slice through the red tape and get the project moving again. There is much that could be achieved if the government ministers and state agencies decided to make more of the private sector and the various foundations that want to make contributions in order to make people’s lives a bit easier, particularly now that the state has no money and the needs across a wide range of sectors are growing. The foot-dragging of Greece’s politicians and public sector employees should not be allowed to kill or delay anymore such opportunities.