Δευτέρα, 4 Ιουνίου 2007

ΚΕΙΜΕΝΟ ΔΙΑΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΑΣ ΑΓΓΛΙΚΑ

This one is for Amalia…


"Every patient has the right to being respected and maintaining his dignity."

(Greek law, article 47, L.2071/1992)


"Quacks should be the exception, you guys, not the norm…"

(Amalia Kalyvinou , 1977-2007)


Since the age of 8, Amalia Kalyvinou started having pains. Despite her numerous visits to doctors and several admissions to hospitals, no-one managed to diagnose her in time with the benign neurinoma of her lower extremity, which was the actual diagnosis at that point. 17 years later, Amalia was told that the neurinoma had transformed by then into a malignant tumour.

For the next 5 years, Amalia not only had to fight with the cancerous disease and amputation, but also with a corrupt Greek National Health System: it ignores (by choice) the ongoing patient-to-doctor bribery and insists on time-consuming bureaucratic methods and practices. Besides radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Amalia had to face the financial exploitation by doctors that stood opposite to rather than by her side. On top of her pain, she had to endure the greediness of private clinics and the exhaustingly long waiting queues of the health insurance system, in order to get legal approval for some ridiculously low financial compensation.

Amalia passed away on Friday, May the 25th, 2007. She was just 30 years old.

Before dying, she managed to document her experience and share it with us in her blog http://fakellaki.blogspot.com/. The promising literature graduate named in there each and every one of the doctors she had to bribe, praising at the same time the ones that honoured the Hippocratic Oath. Her testimony moved thousands of people that stood by her side all the way to the end.

"Amalia's main aim was to tell her story, so that she could awaken as many people and as many consciences as possible. She mainly wanted to show that there are ways to resist not only the self-regulation and authority of dishonest and heartless doctors, but also the bureaucrats of the Health System."
(Dikaia Tsavari & Georgia Kalyvinou – Amalia's mother & sister)


According to the Greek law, it is considered a major disciplinary offence for the doctors of the Greek National Health System to:

"Accept bonus and especially any compensation or property grant, for any medical service provided.”

Amalia Kalyvinou fought for things that are taken for granted in a modern European country. Unfortunately, this is not the case for Greece. Continuing Amalia’s effort where she left off, we protest in public and we demand:


* THE STATE TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO STOP BRIBERY AND THE INEQUALITY BROUGHT IN THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS.

* THE NATIONAL HEALTH COMMITTEE TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE SO AS PATIENTS STOP FALLING VICTIMS TO TIME-CONSUMING BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES.

* THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO ENSURE STRICTER CONTROL ON THE RELATION OF DRUG COMPANIES – MEDICAL SERVICE.

* FULL UTILISIZATION OF CURRENTLY ABANDONED HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE. CONTINUOUS AND COMPLETE SCIENTIFIC TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES.

* CREATION OF A NATION-WIDE ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEM, TO SPEED UP PROMPT DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

LET’S END THE HYPOCRISY OF THE ONES THAT GOVERN, WHO PREFER TO ALLOW DOCTORS TO BE BRIBED BY THEIR PATIENTS, INSTEAD OF PROVIDING THEM WITH A DECENT SALARY.

* NO MORE BRIBERY

* NO MORE BUREAUCRACY

* NO MORE LIES

WE DEMAND FREE AND EFFICACIOUS HEALTHCARE SERVICES FOR ALL.


Next time you’ll have to bribe a doctor, just don’t. Choose instead to make a donation. Amalia’s last wish was to contribute to the -under construction- Oncological Centre for Children. (Elpida foundation, tel no 0030210-7757153, email: info@elpida.org,
Bank accounts: National bank of Greece, account no 080/480898-36, Alphabank account no 152-002-002-000-515. Please remember to quote that your donation is “for Amalia”)

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Ανώνυμος είπε...

This one is for Amalia…
This one is for Amalia…


"Every patient has right in being respected and maintaining his own dignity"
(Greek law)

"Quacks should be the exception, you guys, not the norm…"
(Amalia Kalyvinou , 1977-2007)

Since the age of 8, Amalia Kalyvinou, a teacher in Greece, started having pains. Despite numerous visits to doctors and several admissions to hospitals, no one managed to diagnose her with the benign neurinoma of her lower extremity that was the actual diagnosis at that point. The neurinoma transformed into a malignant tumor that Amalia came to be told 17 years later.

For the following 5 years after her diagnosis with cancer, Amalia not only had to fight with the cancerous disease but also with a diseased National Health System that has been choosing to ignore the ongoing bribery that takes place within itself and has been insisting on time consuming, irrational, bureaucratic methods and practices. On top of the radiotherapy and the chemotherapy, Amalia had to face the financial exploitation by doctors that stood opposite to her rather than by her side. On top of her pain, she had to cope with the greediness of private hospitals and the exhaustingly long waiting queues of a corrupted health insurance system, in order to get a stamp (form of legal approval) for some sort of ridiculously low, financial compensation.

Amalia passed away on Friday, the 25th of May 2007. She was just 30 years old.

Before she left, she had already managed to document her experience and shared it with us via her blog http://fakellaki.blogspot.com. At this web site, the young teacher named all of the doctors, one by one, that she had to bribe, praising at the same time the few ones that honored the Hippocratic Oath. Her witness moved thousands of people that stood by her side all the way to the end.

"Amalia's main aim was to tell her story, so that she could shake as many people and as many consciences as possible. She primarily wanted to show that there are ways to resist not only to the authority of dishonest and heartless doctors but also to the bureaucrats of the Health System."
( Dikaia Tsavari and Georgia Kalyvinou – Amalia's mother and sister )

According to the Greek law, it is considered to be a major disciplinary offense; "The acceptance of money or any other sort of property by a Doctor, for any medical services provided by him, while working for the National Health System."

Amalia Kalyvinou fought for things that are taken for granted in every modern European country. Unfortunately, the case is not as such for Greece.

As part of the effort that Amalia initiated, we protest in public and we demand;

* THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AGAINST ANY SORT OF BRIBERY AND THE RESULTED INEQUALITY THAT BRIBERY CAUSES IN THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS.

* THE NATIONAL HEALTH COMMITTEE TO DEVELOP FLEXIBLE WAYS IN HEALTH INSURANCE TO AVOID MORE VICTIMS AS A RESULT OF TEDIOUS, BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES.

* THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO INFLICT STRICT CONTROL AND LIMITATIONS UPON THE DRUG COMPANIES THAT PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE TO THE CORRUPTION OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM.

* ALL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO BE OFFERED WITH OPPORTUNITIES IN CONTINUING EDUCATION, TRAINING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

* TO ESTABLISH A NATION WIDE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL RECORDS THAT WILL ENSURE PROMPT MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

THE ONES THAT GOVERN US SHOULD QUIT THEIR HYPOCRITICAL BEHAVIOUR THAT ALLOWS DOCTORS TO BE BRIBED BY THEIR PATIENTS, INSTEAD OF PROVIDING THEM WITH A DECENT SALARY.

* NO MORE BRIBERY WITHIN THE NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM
* NO MORE BUREAUCRACY
* NO MORE LIES

WE DEMAND FREE AND EFFICACIOUS HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR ALL.

Next time you will have to bribe a doctor, don’t do it. Do consider making a donation. Amalia’s last wish was to contribute to the under construction Oncological Centre for children. (Elpida foundation, tel no 0030210-7757153, email: info@elpida.org, bank accounts: National bank of Greece, account no 080/480898-36, Alpha Bank account no 152-002-002-000-515.
Please remember to quote that your donation is “for Amalia”)

Gerasimos είπε...

to keimeno auto den einai akoma final,mi viasteite na to kanete forward

Gerasimos είπε...

an grafame..not only had to fight with the cancerous disease,an above the knee amputation of her right lower limb,multiple lung metastases but also...

episis gia to victimisation an to grafame pio apla: so as to prevent more deaths due to...

na valoume keno sth paragrafo prin to full utilization

continues training and development for doctors ,nurses and allied health professionals(ennoowntas traumatioforeis,flevotomous ktlp)

elafromyalh είπε...

tha symfvnisv mazi soy. oso poio apla to grafoyme toso poio katanohtoi ginomaste.

katerina είπε...

Auto to stelnoume me mail se agglofwnous filous? Den exw katalabei HELP :(

elafromyalh είπε...

Nai, ayto einai to aggliko keimeno!! :)

paraxeno είπε...

παιδιά βοήθεια, όποιος βλέπει σχόλια και σε άλλα ποστς ας βοηθήσει λίγο, τα χω παίξει - το κείμενο είναι εντάξει, το ελληνικό και το αγγλικό τα μεγάλα, το ίδιο και το ελληνικό δελτίο τύπου, και το γερμανικό μεγάλο

μένει να ανέβει το αγγλικό δελτίο τύπου και να ελεγχθεί το ιταλικό κείμενο

ΗΛΙΑΧΤΙΔΑ είπε...

Παιδιά 1.000 ΜΠΡΑΒΟ!!! Αυτό που κάνατε/με είναι μια υπέροχη αρχή για κάτι πραγματικά σημαντικό! Για εκείνη που χάθηκε, αλλά & για μας & τα παιδιά μας!
Καλή ξεκούραση σε όλους σας απόψε, μακάρι από αύριο ο αγώνας μας να είναι ευκολότερος & ιδιαιτέρως αποτελεσματικός!
Να είστε καλά!

(Από χθες το βράδυ κι εγώ έστελνα e-mails σε όλους στις λίστες μέχρι πριν από λίγο)

exitmusician είπε...

Καλησπέρα σε όλους. Έχω ετοιμάσει μια μετάφραση του κειμένου στα Ισπανικά. Πού μπορώ να τη στείλω;

paraxeno είπε...

αφησε την ισπανική μετάφραση εδω εάν δε σου κάνει κόπο, και μην ξεχάσεις και τον τίτλο να μεταφράσεις λολ

σε ευχαριστούμε πολύ πολύ

Ανώνυμος είπε...

And all this in Greece, the birthplace of formal medicine!

The medical system in Greece leaves a lot to be desired. Government, doctors, hospitals, and social insurance services, have one common objective-να τα πάρουν! It is unfortunate and pitiful that thousands of people fall victims to insensitive, inconsiderate, indifferent, careless, ego-driven and αλμπανηδες doctors and bureaucrats; and above all, having to deal with a justice systems that at best stinks!

I am deeply sorry for Amalia, and proud of her for her courage! Her actions may appeal to the rest of the Greek population and uncover instead of supporting every αλπανη doctor, stop handing out φακελλάκια and demand what every human being deserves!

Amalia's story is a shame for the Greek health care system. What a shame!

Vierotchka είπε...

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.