Many of the gripes by local residents and expats living in Crete about the shortage of specialist doctors in the Public Health sector have been answered.
On September 22nd, Greece’s Ministry of Health announced approval of 38 specialist doctor positions in government hospitals across Crete.
This decision has been a long time coming and marks a major progress under the administration of the Mitsotakis New Democracy government, just over a year in office.
A number of the additional doctors (along with respirators?) will be assigned to the much expanded numbers of beds in the ICU’s (Intensive Care Units) – prompted I imagine by the inadequacies highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Important gaps in specialist medicine are clearly being filled via the newly announced posts. Previously and especially at holiday times, patients were having to be ferried from all over Crete by ambulance to the two main regional hospitals located in Heraklion for care and attention.
Which Hospitals Benefit with Which Disciplines and areas of expertise?
The new appointments of Doctors in General Hospitals across the Island of Crete are as follows:
Lassithi – Agios Nikolaos (Γενικό Νοσοκομείο Αγίου Νικολάου):
1 position for an experienced ICU specialist covering Cardiology/Surgery or Pulmonology-Tuberculosis emergency medicine/ or General Family Medicine
1 position in Surgery/Orthopedics/Traumatology with experience in emergency/ICU medicine
Heraklion – Iraklion – Venizeleio (Νοσοκομείο Κρητη Ηρακλειο Βενιζελειο) :
4 positions covering Cardiology/Pulmonology/Tuberculosis/Surgery Nephrology (ICU)
1 position in Pediatrics
Rethymno – Rethymnon (Νοσοκομείο Ρεθύμνου) :
2 positions of Directors in Anaesthesiology
2 positions of Directors of Internal Medicine
1 position for Internal Medicine
1 position Pulmonology-Tuberculosis care
1 position for Internal Medicine or Cardiology, or Surgery or Pulmonology-Tuberculosis or Orthopedics and Traumatology with experience in emergency medicine or General Family Medicine specialization in ICU
1 position in Radiology
Xania – Chania “Ο Άγιος Γεώργιος” (Γενικό Νοσοκομείο Χανίων ):
4 positions in Cardiology/Pulmonology-Tuberculosis or Surgery or Nephrology (ICU)
1 position in Pediatrics
1 position in Neurology
1 position in Radiology, with experience in MRI
Allocated as required in ICU related activities between hospitals:
10 positions in Cardiology or Pulmonology-Tuberculosis or Surgery or Nephrology (ICU)
1 position in Pathology
1 position in Pediatrics/Cardiology or Pulmonology/Tuberculosis or Pediatric Surgery (Pediatric ICU)
These positions are in the process of being advertised at the respective hospitals. For instance, application submissions started today September 23, and will remain open until October 7, 2020 in Sitia hospital. Other positions: in Chania submissions in fact closed today Sept 23rd.
Improvements in emergency rooms, ICU’s, childbirth, pregnancy, other children’s specialities are seemingly being prioritised. This seems a good move by the Mitsotakis New Democracy Government to improve the manning of Crete’s public hospitals.