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We can avoid nuclear war by putting the financial system into bankruptcy reorganization.Need Glass-Steagall Act, water projects, space program. Need a change to production, the real American System.

Greek Hospital Crisis

Real Crash- Looking at the Financial System and the War Drive:  
With the financial crisis in Europe, to save the Euro means killing the people. This is borne out in Greece, where new infections and diseases could spread from there to all of Europe and beyond.

Marc Sprenger, the director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has issued a warning that the collapse of health care and even basic hygeine in the hospital system in Greece is threatening the unleashing of pandemics across Europe.

"With fewer doctors and nurses to look after more patients, and hospitals running low on cash for supplies, risks are being taken even with basic hygiene," said Sprenger. "I have seen places...where the financial situation did not allow even for basic requirements like gloves, gowns, and alcohol wipes," Sprenger said after a two-day trip to Athens, where he visited hospitals and other healthcare facilities. "We already knew Greece is in a very bad situation regarding antibiotic resistant infections, and after visiting hospitals there, I'm now really convinced we have reached one minute to midnight in this battle," he told Reuters in an interview.


Sprenger said the situation means that patients with highly-infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) may not get the treatment they need, raising the risk that drug-resistant forms will tighten their grip on Europe.

Greece spends 11 billion euros ($14.4 billion) a year on its healthcare system — accounting for just over 5 percent of its total economic output. The government says the system is around 2 billion euros in debt and spending must be cut drastically. Many health workers have lost their jobs; others say they have not been properly paid for months. A banner hung up by doctors outside Athens Evangelismos hospital in October said simply: "The health system is bleeding."


Doctors at Greece's 133 state hospitals cite a lack of staff as well as basic supplies such as cotton wool, catheters, gloves, and paper used to cover examination beds. One doctor told Sprenger that staff cuts mean as many as 90 to 100 patients a day wait in corridors, many unable to get treatment.

Germany's Merck KGaA said last month that it was no longer delivering its cancer drug Erbitux to Greek hospitals, and Biotest, which makes products from blood plasma to treat haemophilia and tetanus, stopped shipments in June because of unpaid bills.

Sprenger's ECDC warned last month that infections caused by a bug called K. pneumoniae and resistant to the very last line of antibiotics is "high and increasing in some EU countries." "It's no longer a risk, it's already very bad — the challenge is to turn that around," Sprenger said.
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