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(en) Greece, Rocinante Health Sector: "New NSS": after we kill the NSS, let's put a tombstone on it (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 18 Apr 2022 08:34:29 +0300

In the middle of the fifth wave of the pandemic, the government brings a draft law for the so-called "New NSS". It is essentially an anti-reform compatible with the ND pre-election proclamation, which it had in its closet before the pandemic. As he proved to us from its management, which included the further deforestation of the NSS, nothing was taught. So she proceeds to the gravestone of the public health system, faithful to her neoliberal ideologies and dreams of private health. This conclusion is drawn from the axis of the new bill which consists of the triptych: private doctors in the role of traffic warden - afternoon surgeries for a fee - conversion of hospitals into first aid centers. Not in the least does it meet the demands of the health movement of the last two years. On the contrary,

There is already a law that stipulates that in case there is no specialty in the hospital, a doctor from the private sector is called to perform the medical operation for which there is a need. Now with the new bill the government is taking care to leave room for the surgical specialties of the private sector. This is because with the existing large waiting list of scheduled surgeries due to understaffing of the NSS, the afternoon paid operation will gain ground over the free morning operation. Commonly, it establishes the "envelope", through which one / one patient can be operated on without waiting on the list. Based on the closed consolidated hospitalization charged to EOPYY, the prices that will be paid by the health users can reach, even for simple interventions,

At the same time, the family doctor (now a personal doctor) is being upgraded and it is foreseen that patients will not have the right to be admitted to a public hospital without his approval. Only in private will they be able without such a condition, as there remains the only criterion the financial ability of each patient. And where is the problem in this, since there will obviously be a way for the emergencies to pass through the calls to EKAB and not the personal doctor? The uninsured do not have a personal doctor. This means excluding these people from the NSS, which includes large numbers of immigrants and refugees.

In addition, with a decision as early as November 2021 that the "new NSS" ratifies, the ministry converts hospitals into primary-nodes and secondary-radii, and this will apply not only peripherally but also for central RIA. In other words, we are leading to the shrinking of hospitals by closing clinics inside them and their degradation either to first aid centers, screening or hospitals of limited clinics and the maintenance of only some large central hospitals. That fact must be taken into account. "

Instead of promoting unhindered access to hospitals, a universal need as the pandemic has shown, the new bill is stepping up barriers to accessing it. The country's hospitals that have fought a huge battle all this time do not need traffic wardens or outside "collaborators" to provide better services, let alone shrink further. They need massive staff appointments and logistics infrastructure. We need the opening of the units that have been closed since 2010, we do not need Rafals or weapons sent to the front of Ukraine.

No tolerance for the new government bill. The labor movement felt its strength in the general strike of April 6th. The health movement has no choice but to take the baton and continue on real terms of victory. Declaring a strike against the new bill before it even comes to a vote in parliament is imperative.

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