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(en) anarkismo.net: Greece, Call for support for the pan-Hellenic mobilizations of OENGE on the World Health Day (7/4) (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 08:29:46 +0300
Without a doubt, if the effects of the pandemic have not gotten worse, we owe it
solely to a working class sector. They are the doctors, the nurses, the
ambulances, the hospital cleaners, all of them who work in the field of health.
---- Without a doubt, if there is one social group that has paid the maximum
price for this pandemic, it is neither the elderly, nor those with underlying
diseases, nor the vulnerable groups, they are again the employees of public
hospitals. There have been a million victims in their ranks and more. It is
enough to imagine the unthinkable, that they were forced to work even when they
tested positive, until the symptoms paid off.
You do not need hidden cameras and tearful reports to be convinced that this is
the most reasonable and expected of people who are constantly in contact with
cases in an environment where basic safety measures have not been taken. We must,
however, wonder about the veil of silence that has spread around these
conditions, about the fact that we have neither hidden cameras nor tearful
reports. On the contrary, we hear accusations even that the fact that 80% of
patients who die are outside the ICU, as if it is their responsibility that new
ICUs were not built, as if they voluntarily choose the role of God or the
When in the first wave of the pandemic, when there were still few victims, we saw
the applause of the regimes to the "heroes", we should have reservations. Fiestas
are easy when the time has not come to take responsibility. And now that the time
has come, fiestas have no place. Now they are expelling from the hospitals trade
unionists who complain about the treatment conditions, now, following the
propaganda about "individual responsibility", the doctors are blamed for the
victims of the pandemic and if they mobilize, they are accused of irresponsibility.
The reality is that the health care providers, who are lifting all the weight of
the crisis, are facing the state, which is only interested in finding where to
load its failure, while taking advantage of the situation, to move the heaviest
anti-social agenda to one set of other issues.
The health workers are alone. Any request made in the past has proved prophetic
in the current crisis, whether it was a shortage of hospital supplies and
equipment or staff shortages. Today the state admits that it has no staff to make
the vaccines. Where the existing staff has not even been vaccinated the same...
It is certainly more on the table than the well-known state incompetence and
partisan aspirations of the right to emerge unscathed from failure. It is the
strategic choice of destroying and devaluing public health, as well as any public
good for the benefit of individuals. While the pandemic proved the inherent
inability of private health to respond to public risks even now the state
continues to reward it. Directly and indirectly.
Just think that the monopoly of NSS resources by the pandemic has pushed all the
other incidents in the private sector. What was free until yesterday must be paid
today. To be paid by those who can afford it, because the poorest see
examinations and surgeries postponed... for once.
Even now the health bosses, instead of seeing their shops urged for the public
good, are hoarding, while proletarians and lower bourgeoisie are crushed. But all
this makes sense, considering that the authorities did not even have the finesse
not to rush to be vaccinated before even by the health authorities.
The only ally in this crisis for the social base is itself. And a part of it, the
health workers, honors this alliance and more.
We must not leave them alone because it would be immoral and because it does not
If hospitals collapse, it will be a disaster.
And in order not to collapse, even at this last hour, we must support the health
workers, demand that all their requests be met immediately.
It may not be time for maximalism, but it is time to ask ourselves, from what we
see happening around us, in whose hands the NSS should be. The state that
promotes private hospitals, that in such circumstances chooses to reduce the
health budget, that appoints irrelevant party dogs for hospital administrators or
employees? The workers who with their justified chronic demands have shown that
they know what is happening and what is needed and with their attitude to the
pandemic that they know how to honor their role.
Whatever one considers, there is no question that the NSS needs massive
recruitments immediately. That all health professionals should be vaccinated
immediately with absolute priority. That hospitals need new ICUs, equipment and
And that in view of a possible third wave of the pandemic, private health needs
to be accelerated as a whole. Every day a part of the dead would have survived,
if a part of the trade union demands of the health workers had been satisfied.
How much we will allow this condition to continue and get worse.
To stand on the side of the health.
To support their demands
To defend their mobilizations
With its announcement, OENGE calls for nationwide mobilizations at the entrances
of hospitals and health centers on the morning hours of Wednesday 7/4, the World
Health Day, while on the same day at 16:00 calls for a central protest rally
outside the Ministry of Health in Athena. As an Anarchist Federation, we support
the call and the planned mobilizations of OENGE for the immediate and substantial
strengthening and shielding of the public health system and the satisfaction of
the requests of the doctors, the health workers and the employees in the hospitals.
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