People suffering from the flu are flooding public hospitals and affecting their smooth operation, the head of the state doctors’ union, Pasyki, said on Tuesday.
“We have cases of flu, fevers, respiratory infections; the situation is especially difficult and we are trying to cope,” Sotiris Koumas said.
He added that flu patients were taking the beds and those who needed chemo were left out.
“The flow of people with the flu is continuous,” he said, “affecting the entire operation of our hospitals.”
Koumas said doctors and nurses were doing their best but the lines at the A&E departments stretched outside.
“There is a serious problem.”
The head of Pasyki said it was not just the shortage of beds and lack of personnel.
What was necessary is for the proper infrastructure to be in place, a strong health system, that will be capable of handling such crises, he added.
Koumas said someone had suggested discharging people to empty beds.
“This is not the solution. As doctors, we are doing what we can and others must assume their responsibilities. We are asking or support, they cannot expect doctors to decide about everything.”
Pasyki has said that not enough has been done ahead of the implementation of the national health system to ensure the smooth operation of state hospitals, and has threatened to go on strike if there is no dialogue to resolve the problems.