SYRIZA launched an attack on the President of the Panhellenic Medical Association and member of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health Athanasios Exadaktylos and the Deputy Minister of Health, Mina Gaga on the occasion of their speeches at the 14th Congress of New Democracy.
In its announcement, SYRIZA states:
The parade of dolphins, which in one way or another say what the Leader wants to hear first, tends to become a trend at the ruling party’s congress. There is no other explanation for the loss of all contact with reality and the political mourning in which even ND politicians with a scientific (?) Background and a crucial institutional role indulge. In the field of health, two typical examples so far are the President of the Panhellenic Medical Association and member of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health Mr. Exadaktylos and the Deputy Minister of Health, Professor of Medicine Mr. Gaga.
The first in his speech stressed that it is fortunate that the pandemic did not come earlier (during the SYRIZA Government) and seeking an explanation for the 29,369 losses spoke of small mistakes, miserable opposition and lack of political responsibility embedded in Greek political reasons. The second pointed out that “a project is being done in the NSS that has not been done since its creation”, “a project that will offer the necessary security and satisfaction to the citizens”.
Obviously a) there is no intelligent person in this country who believes that the Opposition is to blame for the approximately 30,000 deaths of the pandemic, b) the vast majority of Greek society has understood that if it had not been for the previous effort to rescue and strengthen the NSS SYRIZA government the possibilities of the public system would be much smaller and the evolution of the pandemic much worse and c) it is absolutely true that such a “project” of dismantling the NSS, let alone in a critical health situation, has not been done since its creation in 1983 .
The consequence of this “project” is the expansion of the unmet health needs of the population from 8% in 2019 to 24% today, the eruption of excessive mortality (number of deaths from all causes measured during a crisis and which exceeds which could have been recorded under normal circumstances) and the increase in the financial burden of citizens for health services.
For the Mitsotakis system and its people, the boundaries between science and politics are indeed blurred.