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Greece: Hospitals are running out of medicines, wildfires rage" but the "danger" is Alexis Tsipras

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StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 8 August 2012 broadcast.

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By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

- As the economic situation in Greece continues to worsen, reports indicate that hospitals and care centersthroughout the nation are running completely out of medicines, and many healthcare workers are now voluntarily providing care services without pay.

On Tuesday morning, the mainstream media was on location at a central hospital in Athens to report on how the crisis is affecting the country's hospitals.

Doctors, nursing staff, and administrative personnel stated that the lack of medical personnel at the nation's hospitals has made it impossible to function properly. The hospital staff who remain at their jobs have gone unpaid by the state for months.

The President of the Hospital Workers was on the scene, but as an ironic twist, he was acting as a government-of-the-regime representative. He stated that he was under the impression that the Minister of Health would be there to begin a dialogue and expressed his regrets that this was not the case. Stunningly, he admitted that he receives his information about the problems in the hospital from the mainstream media!

He repeatedly lied to reporters, saying that the government is trying to sort out problems that have existed for years with experimental solutions. He did not elaborate on what those "experimental' solutions were. He also said that it is not clear what sort of health system is wanted in Greece. He continued to dismiss the obvious truth by stating that local hospitals are serving the needs of the people of Athens, but conceded that there is an ongoing battle with the outpatient clinic.

The reporter asks if him if this problem exists due to the lack of personnel. Again, his reply was less than honest, stating that the health system does not function properly due to the lack of a good healthcare system outside Athens. Patients flock to Athens to be treated, he said. While that may have been true many years ago, it is not true now. The country's hospitals were working very well until the crisis hit.

A doctor on the scene also expressed his disagreement and stated that there is a critical lack of personnel, causing a crisis in hospitals around the nation. He explained that the government has cut hospital staff by 35% and that the remaining staff have not been paid by the state for several months.


- This summer, wildfires are raging in several parts of the country. Two factors that are favoring the fires are the extremely high temperatures and the strong winds blowing across Greece.

On Wednesday, a huge fire raged through a forested area in Arcadia, located in the central Peloponnese. Members of the military were asked to join forces with the fire brigade to assist in the efforts to extinguish the roaring blaze.

From Greek Reporter:

In Arcadia, 135 firefighters were trying to extinguish the fire while 59 fire trucks, assisted by volunteers, were struggling to contain the blaze on the ground. The day before, six people were injured and four villages -- Routsi, Voutsaras, Kamaritsa and Soulari -- were evacuated.

Other firefighters have been sent to another front, in the Aghia Marina area in Koropi, Attica. Almost 30 firefighters along with 10 fire trucks and one water-dropping plane were trying to protect houses from burning.

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