Corruption reigns in Greek hospitals and Spatial Planning services

Corruption reigns in Greek hospitals and Spatial Planning services

 

By Christos T. Panagopoulos

Greek General Inspector of the Pubic Administration, Leandros Rakitzis, published his annual report on the corruption and maladministration in public services, with hospitals and Spatial Planning offices mentioned as the grimmest examples of such phenomena.

In specific, hospitals presented reckless overspending during last year, according to Mr. Rakitzis, especially in transplants and equipment’s over-invoicing.

Most of these cases were found in Attica (37.1%), in Central Macedonia (9.1%) and in Southern Aegean region (8.8%).

As Mr. Rakitzis notes at his annual report, almost all of the maladministration cases usually lead to corruption incidents, with direct award projects and fund embezzlement.

Greek Spatial Planning services are also targeted by maladministration incidents, giving inadequate services to citizens who visit them. On the other hand, General Inspector of the Pubic Administration praised the work of the Citizen Service Centers, stating they’re an example of correct administration.

Sources: AMNA, Enet