PM Tsipras inaugurates General Hospital of Santorini
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday visited Santorini to inaugurate the new General Hospital of Thira (Santorini).
In his statements Tsipras said that the construction of the hospital has been completed and noted the importance of the artificial kidney unit that will operate in the hospital which will facilitate the islanders as well as tourists with health problems that want to visit the island.
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Hospital for Santorini, But Workers Can’t Afford Apartments
One of the world’s most popular and tourist-overrun islands – Santorini – will finally have a new hospital, but staff workers said they can’t afford to live there.
The new hospital will replace a smaller health clinic and is due to open its doors on July 18, three days after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras inaugurates the building in the middle of tourist season and as island businesses complain over an avalanche of taxes he put on them.
Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis visited the island during a time when the government continues to cut back on health care even as Tsipras has hired nearly 1000 new special aides for him and his ministers after promising to cut their numbers.
Just over 100 staff will work at the hospital, compared to 35 who are employed at the health center but the new hires said they can’t find affordable places to live.
Polakis pleaded with local property owners to show understanding for hospital staff looking for somewhere to stay.