14 June 2012

The head of Doctors Without Borders in Greece has accused the Athens authorities of pursuing an incorrect and dangerous public-health strategy that ignores the root causes of disease outbreaks and penalises those most at risk.

The reduction of public schemes designed to help the most vulnerable on the capital's streets had been compounded, Reveka Papadopoulou, the general director of the medical charity's Greek branch said, by a crackdown on illegal immigrants and other groups regarded by the authorities as a threat to public health. "First of all, that is against any medical ethics," she said. "Second, it is dangerous for public health.”

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