By the end of the year, it is estimated that the bill for the National Trauma System will be passed, which will provide for the creation of Trauma Reference Centers throughout Greece.

The above was pointed out by the leadership of the Ministry of Health during the Thessaloniki Mini Trauma Conference” held at the Papageorgiou hospital under the organization of the Hellenic Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. It is noted that Papageorgiou hospital has been included in the proposal of the Ministry of Health committee for the Organization of Trauma Management as one of the Level I Pilot Trauma Centers.

“We are working systematically, so that by the end of November we bring to the cabinet and then – I hope and we are fighting – by the end of the year we will have passed the new trauma law in our country and instituted all those procedures and conditions, in order to create Trauma Reference Centers throughout the country” noted the Minister of Health, Michalis Chrysochoidis, welcoming the start of the work of the conference.

Pointing out that the effort to create the system for the treatment and management of the trauma is done in conjunction with other actions, the Minister of Health mentioned that a few days ago it was found that no resuscitation areas were foreseen in the plans to modernize the TEPs of about 90 hospitals in the country. “Right now, the engineers are changing the plans in the hospitals where the necessary interventions will be determined, design and then construction, so that we can organize the resuscitation areas as well as the Trauma System” added Mr. Chrysochoidis

In a greeting sent by the Deputy Minister of Health, Marios Themistokleous, he said, among other things, that: “The government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has as a key priority the creation of a new National Health System and the upgrading of trauma services. In this direction, we are moving along three main axes: The first is the creation of Trauma Centers and we already have the committee’s recommendations. The second axis is the renovation and creation of the new TEP with resources from the Recovery Fund and their operation based on the instructions of experts in dealing with trauma and the third axis is the training of health professionals”.

Present at the meeting were the Deputy Minister of Health Dimitris Vartzopoulos and the commander of the 3rd Ministry of Health Panagiotis Boyatzidis.