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Operational Programme Health & Welfare 2000-2006


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Strategic Objectives


Programme key objectives include:


n              In the health sector: upgrading public health and improving health and social protection by developing primary health care, modernising hospitals, planning and developing new services, creating integrated health systems in regions, introducing modern administration and economic management methods, effectively controlling health service provision


n              In the mental health sector: completing the psychiatric reform, namely de-institutionalising as large a number of chronically mentally ill persons as possible that today live in institutions, developing open prevention and treatment structures and implementing actions for the social and economic rehabilitation of the mentally ill


n              In the welfare sector: modernising the operation of agencies that provide social welfare services and preventing the marginalisation and social exclusion of individuals and population groups through open care services (such as independent or semi-independent living for people with special needs) and through an open community network for prevention, counselling and referencing


n              In the human resource sector, developing lifelong training actions with the aim of improving the services provided in all health and welfare sectors and for all the positions held by employees or newly-employed individuals


The OP consists of 4 priority axes: 3 for each intervention area and one horizontal axis for the human resources in them. It is further specialised through 11 thematic measures and one technical assistance measure.



Selected Basic Indicators


The basic results expected from the completion of the programme are as follows:


n              Creation of 10 Urban Health Centres, averaging 100,000 residents per centre


n              Renovation and modernisation (upgrading) of 15% of general care hospital beds in Athens and Thessaloniki


n              9% increase in specialised care beds and upgrading of the quality and operation of 15% of existing special care beds


n              Technological and operational modernisation of 10% of laboratory infrastructures


n              Operational and technological upgrading of about 10% of existing operating theatres


n              Promotion of the de-institutionalisation of the mentally ill (de-institutionalisation of 50% of chronically ill persons and corresponding reduction in psychiatric hospital beds)


n              Improvement of all beds in large psychiatric hospitals that will continue to operate


n              Creation of 15-20 out-patient preventive mental health structures (covering 20% of the population)


n              Creation of approximately 3,000 jobs during the implementation of the programme


n              Training for all personnel to be employed in the new structures (training for existing personnel and all new personnel)


n              Provision of support services to 2-3% of the population of vulnerable groups annually, so as to ensure equal opportunities and take steps towards employment


n              Transfer of 8% of people living in institutions to open care structures (de-institutionalisation)


n              Training programmes for approximately 13% of health sector employees and 7% of welfare sector employees



Implementation Progress


627 projects have been approved up to date, their total public cost corresponding to 71.4% of the overall public cost of the programme. Total budget contracted (legal commitments) corresponds to 49.8% of the overall public cost of the programme, while expenditure to date on the whole programme amounts to 26.6% of the overall public cost of the OP.


Important projects have already been completed or are now approaching completion, including:


n              Four building projects concerning new Urban Health Centres under construction in Attica (Acharnes, Kalyvia, Nea Makri and Markopoulo). Five more Urban Health Centres are being planned (Elliniko, Keratea, Keratsini, Evosmos and Frangon in Thessaloniki)


n              Two building projects involving the improvement/ modernisation of existing health centre building infrastructure in Attica (Elliniko) and Epirus


n              Four projects to supply and upgrade the equipment in existing primary health care units that meet the needs of the regional health and welfare system in Attica, Epirus, Thessaly and Crete


n              Building projects at medical centres in urban areas (7 hospitals in Attica, 1 in Patra and 1 in Heraklion, Crete)


n              Projects involving equipment (medical, hotel, biomedical high technology) supplied to 9 hospitals in Attica and Piraeus, 6 in Thessaloniki and 11 in the rest of the country


n              129 structures for the de-institutionalisation of the mentally ill (hostels, boarding houses and protected apartments) are now in operation, as are 6 structures providing mental health care to the community (3 mobile units, 2 structures for autistic children and 1 short-term treatment hostel)


n              The asylum status at the Petra Olympou psychiatric hospital in Katerini has been removed and the asylum status of the psychiatric hospitals in Corfu and Chania and of the children’s psychiatric hospital in Attica is expected to be removed by the end of 2005.