Greece's Austerity-Fueled Crisis

Greece’s public health and hospital systems are floundering in a chaos induced by the country’s austerity measures, marked by staff shortages and poor sanitation.

Hospital patients—given beds that haven’t been disinfected, and treated by overworked staff who lack access to antiseptic soap—face a higher risk of life-threatening, hospital-borne infections, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data confirms.

The Quote: “In the name of tough fiscal targets, people who might otherwise survive are dying … Our hospitals have become danger zones,” said Michalis Giannakos, chief of the Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Employees. He added that the cutbacks have led to an overuse of antibiotics.

Source: The Guardian

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