Greece orders private doctors to join COVID-19 battle

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) — Greece’s health minister is requisitioning the services of private sector doctors from certain specialties in the wider Athens region to help fight a renewed surge in coronavirus infections that is straining hospitals to their limits.

Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said yesterday that despite repeated appeals to private sector doctors to volunteer to help in the public sector, very few came forward.

Therefore, he said, he was ordering those from the specialties of pathology, pneumonology and general medicine to help. The requisition order is for one month for 206 doctors, health
authorities said.

Greece has been experiencing a renewed surge of COVID-19 despite lockdown-related measures being in force since early November, with dozens of daily deaths recorded, as well as increasing numbers of patients hospitalised.