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EU meddling and cuts destroy Greek health service: Infant deaths doubled!


The EU has not been able to deliver the the dream world of a strong and united Europe that it was touted as being able to do. The European Union was supposed to become an economic powerhouse with open borders between its states , a common currency, and an EU "Constitution".

The entire concept is falling apart and it is no wonder. The European nations are too culturally and economically diverse to be able to function as one united happy body. The less wealthy states suffered and the wealthier ones found themselves supporting the weaker ones.

Harsh policies have been devastating to many member nations. The reality is that The EU is a project deliberately designed to hollow out democracy; it is post-democratic. It is but the first step toward a NWO to be dominated by the elites

The following article portrays events in Greece which is not alone in the sinking boat of financial disaster.

Britain is also considering and exit from the EU and others many follow.


 Beware, should the EU survive, the next step toward a global government will be to weld the Americas into one body. We will then suffer the same fate as Europe. It will be a polyglot union of nations with cultural and economic conditions too disparate to overcome. 


Millions without care and baby deaths DOUBLED: EU meddling and cuts destroy health service

 By Nick Gutteridge
PUBLISHED: 14:08, Wed, May 25, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30, Wed, May 25, 2016


THE shocking state of Greece's health service can be laid bare today in a major blow to the Remain campaign. 

Many Europhiles claim our membership of the EU is beneficial to the NHS but the latest damning report flies in the face of that assertion with Brussels enforced cuts on the broken state having a devastating impact on health.

Infant mortality rates have doubled in three years whilst some 2.5 million Greek citizens now have to go without any medical provision at all due to swingeing budget cuts imposed on their country by Europe's elite.
 
The parlous state of what was once one of the finest healthcare systems in the world can be revealed as the Brexit debate around the NHS rages on, with Leave campaigners warning our own national treasure is under serious threat from Brussels meddling and the hated TTIP trade deal.

Those wondering what becomes of a public service shackled by Brussels and its big business chums need look no further than Greece, where the situation has become so bad one MEP recently warned the country is facing a "medical Grexit".

 
Greek leader Alexis Tsipras has been forced to make swingeing budget cuts to his health service

 
Earlier this month doctors protested against cuts by wearing handcuffs to symbolise EU oppression

Critics have warned the country's health system has "collapsed" since the EU imposed its infamous 'memorandum' in the summer of 2013, which required Greece to "ration healthcare provision" in order to secure future bailouts.

Since then Brussels has taken a vice-like grip on how Athens funds its health service, backing a serious of measures which it says are designed to "enhance the cost-efficiency" of the Greek NHS.


Eurosceptics here in Britain fear the controversial TTIP deal could spell the end of our own NHS by opening up the health service to big American businesses, who they claim would be able to sue the Government if it refused to grant them contracts to run hospitals and GP surgeries.


Both Government ministers and the EU insist the NHS will be exempt from the terms of TTIP, but Tory backbenchers were worried enough to table an amendment to this month's Queen's Speech demanding Parliament formally recognise the risk it poses.

 
The EU has forced many Greeks into living in third world conditions

 
Brexit campaigners recently forced Mr Cameron to concede the TTIP deal could affect the NHS

And, now, the shocking state of Greece's healthcare system has been laid bare in a series of questions posed to the European Commission by worried MEPs.

Belgian representative Claude Rolin said: "In Greece 2.5 million citizens no longer have access to healthcare and infant mortality has doubled in three years.


“This is creating a dramatic situation in today’s Europe, since one of the pillars on which it is based is social security and access to healthcare for all.

 
“Are we witnessing a medical Grexit? Given the health emergency, will the Commission say whether it is prepared to demand that the providers of funding freeze the healthcare budget at pre-2008 levels, given that that there has been a 50 per cent decrease in the Greek Health Ministry’s budget since 2008?"

In a separate question Greek MEP Nikolaos Chountis echoed his concerns, claiming his country's health service has "collapsed" due to measures imposed by the EU in 2013.

Belgian MEP Claude Rolin

He said that a directive on patients' rights, which underlines the principal that healthcare should be universally accessible, is "not being implemented due to the cuts, the bureaucracy and the requirement to pay hospitalisation costs in advance".

He said: "In Greece, the health system has collapsed due to the ‘Memoranda’.

“In 2013, one in 10 Greeks had to go without treatment because of the prohibitive cost, intensive care units remain closed, university clinics are facing closure, patients with serious conditions (cancer patients) have to wait between two and eight months to get an appointment, and waiting times for an appointment in an ophthalmological or a diabetes clinic are between three and five months."

The shocking figures represent an astonishing decline for a health service which just 16 years ago was ranked the 14th best in the world, above our own NHS and that of Euro-giants Germany.

EU referendum: Reasons to vote in & out Tue, May 24, 2016
On the 23 June Britain decides whether to leave or remain in the European Union. 
In its response to the questions the EU Commission insisted that the Greek health service "had been suffering from serious shortcomings already before the crisis" and added that it "supports the intention of the Greek Ministry of Health to enhance the cost-efficiency and effectiveness of the Greek National Health System as well as the quality and accessibility of public healthcare."

A spokesman for finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici said: "The Third Programme furthers the efforts to restructure the National Health System.

"Cutting waste and improving governance to make sure that the system is as effective and efficient as possible is crucial to fulfil the aim to fully meet the needs of the population but also to ensure sustainability."

The revelations come after a Tory Eurosceptic MP calmed that Britain is "powerless" to stop the TTIP trade agreement from wrecking our NHS.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who backed an amendment to the Queen's speech that left David Cameron facing a full-scale backbench revolt, said the only way to protect our own health service from Brussels meddling is to vote for Brexit.

She said: “I am pleased the Government now accepts that the NHS is at risk from TTIP. Legal opinions by top QCs have warned that TTIP could leave elements of the NHS open to legal challenge which is bad news for democracy and for patients.

“The Government’s acceptance of this amendment will not protect the NHS from TTIP nor will it stop the EU forging ahead with TTIP – the UK has no power to stop that.

"The only way to prevent the UK and our public services being bound by the terms of TTIP is to leave the jurisdiction of the EU by voting to leave on June 23. Then we can write our own trade deal with the USA which is tailored for our needs and won’t put our valued services at risk.”

For complete article go to  The Express UK

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