The government will use the Covid-19 pandemic to build the new National Health System, correcting pathogenesis and drawing positive lessons from the successful treatment of coronavirus, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a visit to the AHEPA in Thessaloniki.
We will build on the crisis of the corona
“One of the commitments I have made is that we will build a new National Health System on the corona crisis, keeping its major comparative advantages as a legacy and correcting any weaknesses,” he said. at the entrance of the hospital.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis pointed out that primarily thanks to the conscientiousness and self-sacrifice of the medical staff, Greece is today “an example to be imitated everywhere in the world.” He added that a weakness of the NSS is already being addressed thanks to the extraordinary recruitments that have been made, which will take on permanent features.
New permanent infrastructure
Afterwards, talking to doctors, nurses and administrative staff of AHEPA, Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that there is an opportunity to accelerate and implement more effective actions that were considered necessary anyway. He reaffirmed his commitment to creating new, permanent infrastructure for Intensive Care and Intensive Care Units, for which planning is already underway.
“We will allocate resources, from sponsorships and public resources, so that we can reach the European average in terms of beds as soon as possible,” he said, reiterating that the use of a political medium to secure an ICU bed in today’s Greece is unacceptable. . “We have to solve the problem, not only for the corona but also for all the other cases where care is needed,” he said.
From the doctors’ point of view, Symeon Metallidis, Associate Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, AUTh and head of the team of infectious disease specialists, stressed the importance of timely preparation so that AHEPA can be shielded against the virus.
“It simply came to our notice then. We managed to be organized before the developments found us, “he said. He added that the bet is to win in the coming months, in order to successfully deal with a possible second wave of the pandemic, with the Prime Minister responding that the government is already planning the best possible use of the time remaining until the Fall.
The pandemic endowed the NSS
The improvement of the NSS will be done not only in terms of infrastructure but also in terms of operation. As Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, the pandemic “endowed” the NSS with a “group legacy”, allowed the consolidation of a less bureaucratic and more flexible philosophy and gave the state the opportunity to listen to those at the forefront.
“What I’ve heard and heard everywhere is that we trusted each other, that we tried new things, that there wasn’t this necessarily tight hierarchy that obliges everything to get permission from the boss, the boss’s boss. That we moved with greater flexibility and adaptability. And I think that is a legacy of teamwork, especially for us to listen to the people who are in the front line, “he said.
There were no fences
“I don’t think there were any fences at that time, it was very easy to contact any of our superiors at any time, and they were always by our side,” said Eleni Geka, Director of Anesthesiology and METHA.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias. The meeting was attended, among others, by the Foundation’s Commander Panagiotis Panteliadis and the Deputy Commander Vasiliki Kokkinidou.