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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Protest at Alexandra Hospital was a Great Success



The Protest at Alexandra Hospital was a Great Success

A peaceful protest at the entrance of the Alexandra Hospital was successfully carried out on 17 October 2013.  The day was the day of action of the Volunteer Community Clinics and Pharmacies in hospitals all across the country.  Participating in the action were The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko, The Community Clinic and Pharmacy for Solidarity of Athens, Society of Cancer Patients, Volunteers, Friends and Physicians (KEFI) and The Team for Solidarity for those with Muscular Sclerosis.

The protest was to give a strong voice to women’s organizations, and the movement “I will not pay”.  Doctors and nurses of the hospital and as well as our patients and private citizens, took part. The goal of the protest was to demonstrate, yet once again, that all must have equal access to health care including, of course, the uninsured.

A delegation of the protesters participated in a meeting with the assistant director of the hospital.  She gave a personal undertaking that the hospital will accept, from here on, uninsured pregnant women who will be able to give birth with dignity and that there will be no cost passed on to them, or costs passed on to their tax debt.  This is a significant step in our battle to open the state hospitals to all uninsured citizens.  This, the state is obligated to do, but does not do it.  But the employees of the hospitals, in solidarity with simple citizens, are doing what they can to honor this obligation.

We gave a clear message of the inalienable right of all to LIFE and DIGNITY.  We have asked for a written answer the hospital’s undertaking.  We will continue our struggle with the same unwavering firm stance that ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO LIFE.    


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