The serious work accident that happened at the General State Hospital of Nice, where a nurse was electrocuted by touching a bare power cable during the treatment of a patient and the need to not mourn further victims comes to the Parliament on the initiative of MP Piraeus and al. Head of Finance Tryphon Alexiadis and the co-signatures of Member of Parliament B1, North Sector of Athens and Head of Interior, Kostas Zachariadis and Member of Parliament for Rethymnon and Head of Health of SYRIZA – Progressive Alliance Andreas Xanthous.
With a question addressed to the Ministers of Interior and Health, they initially recall their earlier question from December 2020, which referred to the necessity of reconstruction and modernization of the building infrastructure of the hospital, especially the first floor of the main building. While the project had been entered into the Region’s budget under the “Life Force” administration and 2 million Euros had been earmarked for its construction, the new Region’s administration had excluded the project from the Work in Progress Program.
In its delayed response, after four months, the Ministry of the Interior “washed its hands”, as they typically state in their question, and the response of the Ministry of Health, despite the passage of almost four years, is still being ignored.
The accident involving a 25-year-old working nurse victim occurred in a COVID ward of the Hospital, the walls, oxygen supplies, sockets and electricals of which are in a poor condition and its fitness to treat patients is validly questioned by the Employees Association.
The condition of the first floor where the ward is located is tragic, which despite the incident continues to be used, due to the lack of suitable, equipped and safe spaces for patients and health workers. The tragic lack of staff in all specialties, which has been highlighted many times by announcements by the Workers’ Association, the Director of the Hospital’s Technical Service, parliamentary interventions, press interviews, etc. The only response from the government is communication tricks, recruitment, beds, nursing positions on paper and wishes.
The MPs are asking the relevant Ministers what immediate actions they intend to take to renovate the Hospital floor, so that patients can be treated and health workers can work in safe conditions.
Here is the question of the three MPs:
To Mr. Ministers
Subject: Underfunding, understaffing and abandonment cause serious occupational accident at Nice General Hospital
With our question (No. Prot. 2823/18-12-2020) to the Ministries of Interior and Health we addressed key questions regarding the renovation of the 1st floor of the General Hospital of Nice Piraeus “Agios Panteleimon” and the exclusion of the project from the program of Executed Projects of the Region of Attica. Due to the age of the building infrastructure and the damage they have suffered, the reconstruction and modernization of the 1st floor of the Hospital, which houses the pathology clinics, was and is more than necessary for reasons of hygiene, safety and functionality.
In the response of the Ministry of the Interior after almost 4 (!) months (No. Prot. 11004/12-02-2021) “washed its hands”, it informed about the amount it allocated to the Region and declared itself incompetent to manage the credits from then on, and the response of the Ministry of Health after almost 4 years (!) is still ignored.
On the morning of 09-20-2022, a very serious occupational accident took place in the hospital’s COVID 128 ward, which is located on the 1st floor of the main building. A nurse was electrocuted by touching a bare power cord while treating a patient. The ward’s walls, oxygen supplies, sockets and electricals are literally in a state of disrepair and its suitability for the treatment of patients is rightly disputed by the Workers’ Association. The ward – like the whole 1st floor – is in a tragic state and the sad thing is that it is still being used after the serious incident.
There are four electricians in the hospital, which are not enough to meet the enormous needs of the structures of such a large Hospital. To the continuous appeals of the Workers’ Association, to the remarks of the Director of the Technical Service of the Hospital, to parliamentary interventions on underfunding, staff shortages, the necessity of recruitment in all specialties, the construction of new equipped spaces, the answer is communication tricks, recruitment , beds, nursing positions on paper and wish lists.
Because the recent event is a warning event for something much worse
Because patients and healthcare workers have the right to care and work in safe conditions
Mr. and Mrs. Ministers
Are they going to take immediate action to renovate the floor so we don’t have to mourn casualties?
The questioning members of parliament