Twenty-one Members, bearing the dual capacity of doctor or paramedical staff, were offered in total days ago, to volunteer their services in one of the country's hospitals fighting the coronavirus, testing the resilience of the National Health System. However, they counted without the bureaucratic entanglements.
None of the MPs of all the parties that proceeded with this commendable action has been placed in a public hospital in the country until today and it is doubtful whether such a thing will eventually happen..
The Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias may have stated that "the utilization of their offer will take place as a matter of priority, based on the specialties that the NSS needs at the moment ", however the situation is much more complicated.
The will of the volunteer MPs raises issues of civil liability, for example in "what will happen if liability is claimed in case of medical error" but mainly in the legislative gap regarding medical volunteering.
The Secretary General of the Ministry of Health Giannis Kotsiopoulos sent a letter to those interested MPs in which after thanking them for their move, informs them that they should only work full time, that they should be included in the regular schedule of monthly shifts, that they should sign a contract as unpaid medical staff and that the provision of services will be for a "reasonable period of time in relation to the planning".
With this data he asked them to send an application, stating their specialty, a copy of their degree, but also to personally take care of "the relevant information of the Greek Parliament in view of the voluntary integration in the National Health System, which may entail your abstention from the exercise of your parliamentary duties for the corresponding period of time ". At the same time, some legal questions are raised, such as the possible emergence of eligibility obstacles for the MPs - doctors who will not adequately perform their parliamentary duties..
We remind you that New Democracy MPs Christos Kellas, among others, have volunteered to assist the National Health System., Costas Blouchos, Vassilis Giogiakas and Neoklis Kritikos, of SYRIZA - Progressive Alliance Olga Gerovasili, Nikos Igoumenidis, Konstantinos Markou, Andreas Michailidis, Giannis Mouzalas, Andreas Xanthos Andreas, Thanasis Papadopoulos, Thanasis Papachristopoulos, Pavlos Polakis and Metopi Tzoufi, from KIN.AL. Andreas Poulas, from the K.K.E.. George Lambroulis and from the Greek Solution Maria Athanassiou.