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Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko at Strasburg One More Time




Press Release
The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko at Strasburg One More Time

MCCH was invited once more to take part in an event of the Council of Europe held on June 24th in Strasbourg.  This has been the second time in eight months (Read more here about the first time).

The event coincides with the opening of the new European Parliament after the latest European elections – and is therefore significant.  The volunteer doctor George Vichas was our representative and spoke mainly on three issues. 

The first analyzed the present situation of public health in Greece – especially as far as the uninsured are concerned, with special note on the changes since the first meeting eight months ago.  The picture was not a happy one since there was an obvious deterioration on all levels of the Greek public health system.

The second subject concerned the ways in which independent and active citizens could mobilize to aid vulnerable groups victimized by the state itself with their inhuman policies.  The experience and endeavors of MCCH during the last 2 ½ years were used to exemplify what independent citizens could do.

The third subject focused on the fact that the deplorable situation in Greece has reached the unpleasant necessity for legal action against so many people in the government whose policies have led to the disability and death of uninsured patients.  It was also explained how these policies, besides being unethical and un-humanitarian, ended up costing the country more in the long run.

The audience was bothered by some of the hard truths presented by Dr. Vichas – especially when they heard the word “murder” likened to the deaths of uninsured patients.  There are those in the Council of Europe who don’t want to hear about the guilt of politicians, whether in Greece or elsewhere in Europe that should be investigated.

All we can say is that such devastating problems should not and cannot be wished away by ineffectual resolutions and PR gimmicks.  What is happening in Greece will become known.  We and other volunteer community clinics and pharmacies will continue to oppose such brutal policies wherever they come from.





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