While millions of tourists are flooding the Greek islands, a shortage of doctors, nurses and technical equipment proves once again that residents and visitors are in danger of not receiving proper medical treatment in case of accident or illness.
Naxos is the only island in the Cyclades where there is a pediatrician affiliated with EOPYY. As a result, private practice doctors are doing big business. According to Greek news, gynecologists, urologists and cardiologists affiliated with EOPYY are very rare in popular islands such as Ios, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Syros.
The Greek Ministry of Health is planning to enlist retired doctors in order to staff rural clinics in Greece, while a relevant legislation that will give them the authority to prescribe medicine is underway.
Their work will be voluntary and will be limited to medical examinations and prescribing, in order to help residents who do not have access to proper health units.
Furthermore, in order to resolve the staffing problems in rural island clinics, the Ministry will create a “task force” composed of doctors, paramedics, nurses, psychologists, social workers and midwives, who will help resolve similar problems in the future.