Former Greek PM calls for private hospitals to be requisitioned by the state

Alexis Tsipras
Alexis Tsipras
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The former Greek Prime Minister, current SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said on Monday that private hospitals and clinics should be requisitioned by the state, and referred extensively to the shortcomings of the public health system.

Tsipras made the comments during a video conference call he had with Greece’s Federation of Hospital Doctors, where he called for further strengthening of the public health system and the people staffing it on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking of the curfew measures to fight the spread of the virus, Tsipras said, "Personal responsibility does not absolve the state from its obligation for decisive action."

"The state's obligation is not just to introduce preventative measures and point the finger at each citizen, to tell them they are responsible for their application, but to take preventative measures to strengthen the National Health System and that of its staff," he said.