Sharp rise in Greek doctors leaving country

Sharp rise in Greek doctors leaving country

 

The number of doctors leaving Greece to practice abroad was 2.5 times higher in the first quarter of this year than during the same period in 2012, the head of the Athens Medical Association, Giorgos Patoulis, has told Kathimerini.

Earlier this year the Athens Medical Association published a report saying that about 4,000 doctors had left the organization over the past three years, since the economic crisis took grip of the country.

Patoulis said that in Athens alone last year 1,808 doctors asked to be taken of the association’s membership list because they were going to work abroad. This year the number of doctors looking to leave Greece appears to be much higher.