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Athalassa patients ‘freezing’ nurses say

The current Athalassa hospital

Patients at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital are freezing after their heating broke down, nurses union Pasyno announced on Friday, saying the fact that the heating hasn’t worked for the past ten days had created third-world conditions.

In an open letter to the psychiatric services, director of the hospital Yiannis Kalakouta said the heating problems added to the already existing problems that the staff and the patients face every day, making their lives miserable.

The problems increase at night when temperatures drop to nearly zero degrees, Pasyno added. There is now a shortage of blankets.

“When the heating works at least one blanket for each patient is needed,” the union explained. “Now, with the complete lack of heat in combination with the age of the premises, every patient needs at least two to three blankets.”

Pasyno invites all stakeholders to shoulder their responsibilities and solve the problem. “The holidays are approaching and you will enjoy the warmth and cosiness of your families. Here there are people who will not be at a family table on Christmas and New Year. Let us not make their lives more difficult, hosting them in an inhumane and cold environment. Consider that these people not only are away from their families, but they also face many problems,” they wrote.


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