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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monitoring Health Issues in Greece



Helliniko 16 July 2013

PRESS RELEASE
Monitoring Health Issues in Greece

The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helleniko has a well-rounded viewpoint on health problems in this country.  We are going to use that experience as a basis to establish an “Observatory of Health Issues” and document critical health issues in Greece.  The goal is to thoroughly record the problems of the public health system and monitor the relevant indicators in the population. 
While patient care will always be our first goal, some of our volunteers will systematically record not only the relevant news, but also isolated incidents and complaints.  And in documenting these incidents, we will be able to build a complete survey of the situation. 
We invite all concerned citizens to participate and, when they learn of something relevant, to inform us at the e-mail address mkie.paratiritirio@gmail.com.  Please indicate the source of the information (i.e. newspaper, magazine, patient data, etc.)  The information will be verified and posted to the Observatory.
A bi-monthly report will be prepared with all the data and statistics gathered.  We believe that this information is essential due to the exclusion of an increasing number of people from the health services.  The purpose of this initiative is to apply pressure to reverse policies that excludes impoverished citizens from health services.  Additionally there is the possibility of using this data in the future recourse to bodies both in Greece and abroad by citizens who are victims of the policies of the “memorandum.” 
Let’s send the message that the time of impunity is over and the restoration of constitutional legitimacy is at hand.  Every one responsible will be held to account for crimes committed.  The annihilation of our fellow citizens cannot be allowed.  The Council of Europe has undertaken to adopt a resolution regarding the health care of residents in countries where severe austerity measures are imposed. (See link: http://mki-ellinikou.blogspot.gr/2013/07/blog-post.html).
With this initiative, and with our small efforts, we will contribute, as we should, in the monitoring and the implementation of the measures proposed by the Council of Europe for the normalization of health care systems.

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