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(en) Greece, liberta salonica: Intervention at Gennimatas Hospital for the defense of public & free health care [machine translation]

Date Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:14:08 +0300

...and for the arbitrariness of the hospital commander, Giannis Koutras | Anarchist Federation (Thessaloniki Region) ---- Today (27/6/2020) in the morning an intervention was carried out at the Gennimatas hospital by the Thessaloniki Region of the Anarchist Federation. The reason for the intervention was the behavior of the hospital commander, George Koutras, towards a trade unionist and in general towards the medical and nursing staff, but also the situation of the public health system at a time more critical than ever for this. During the intervention, many texts of the Thessaloniki Region of the Anarchist Federation were distributed to passers-by, patients, visitors and hospital staff. The intervention was accompanied by a banner from the Anarchist Federation to defend the health workers' demands.

The following is the text shared by the Thessaloniki Region of the Anarchist Federation:

On 5/17/2020, the employee of the Gennimatas hospital and president of ENITH D.K. she lost her job due to the death of her father. While she was entitled to leave due to mourning and had taken care to find a replacement for her shift, the hospital's commander, George Koutras, allegedly carried out an emergency check, terrorized with voices and insults the specialized doctors who were there and after a few minutes left, .K. is missing from her post. The result is D.K. and the replacement of M.A. to be called to apology for "unjustified abstention from the performance of their duties", something that obviously does not apply, threatening the D.K. with prosecution.

This control was not accidental at all, as well as D.K. and M.A. They are trade unionists and have often highlighted the inadequacies of the hospital where they work. On the other hand, the commander of Gennimata Hospital is ostentatiously ignoring the problems in the operation of any other wing other than the orthopedic one, even trampling on the directors and employees who dare to demonstrate them.

All this because G. Koutras, before becoming the commander of Gennimatas, was a bigoted physiotherapist, hence his ardent desire to upgrade the Orthopedic Clinic and the physiotherapy clinic. For Mr. Koutras, no one will find any administrative experience in his CV, despite his involvement in physiotherapy, while in his public action his candidacy is recorded in 2014 as a municipal councilor on the ballot of the current parliamentary representative of ND Stavros Kalafatis.

Even in the midst of the pandemic of the corona, he did not deal at all with the shortcomings of the hospital, except with the upgrade of the Second Orthopedic Clinic of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which is his only occupation from the day he took office. Specifically, according to the complaint of the Association of Hospital Doctors of Thessaloniki, it proceeded to complete a tender through NSRF 2014-2020, orthopedic equipment worth 260,000 euros, in March amid a pandemic, without even evaluating the other needs of the Hospital and the opening three extra Orthopedic beds. Especially for the latter, a huge problem is created with the relocations that will be needed, as well as unnecessary expenses.

In order for Mr. Koutras' dreams to come true, a relocation of the Pathology Laboratory is planned, in order to become the offices of the orthopedic doctors. The redesigns it is planning lead to shortages and the radiological wing, which while it has received new equipment, remains unused because the empty space is expected to be allocated for the extensions of the orthopedics it seeks.
All this comes to add to his authoritarian and aggressive attitude towards the working doctors, especially to the trade unionists, essentially dissolving the necessary functions of the hospital and creating a climate of terrorism for the working women.

In the employer's arbitrariness of this particular commander and everyone else, which for his profit and interest degrades public health and endangers human lives, in every Kostra who thinks that hospitals are his scumbags and threatens and threatens trade unionists who demand the obvious, we stand opposite and respond with organization. Because public health is a social good and not a source of profit for every party-appointed bigoted tramp. We will not let anyone play with our lives and misuse public health money for their own benefit.

The government's miserable practices, which give millions to media propaganda instead of strengthening the public health system, which dulls private clinics instead of even banning them through a pandemic, appoints bigoted people who, for their own benefit, degrade hospitals for high-risk actions. public health, make it clear that for them profits are worth more than human lives. In the face of the harsh face of capitalism, as long as the state and capital bargain with our lives, we respond in solidarity. We will stand by those who are being persecuted because they are unionized and demand the obvious, next to those who in adverse conditions are fighting for public health.




Anarchist Federation (Thessaloniki Region)

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