[PHOTOS] Refugees Pile Up in Greek Island Morgue Because Doctors Can’t Handle the Sheer Scale of PaperworkPosted: November 16, 2015 | |
Imogen Calderwood reports: Horrific images have emerged of bodies of refugees piling up in a Greek island morgue, because doctors are unable to handle the sheer volume of work required to bury them.
Severely understaffed hospitals on the Greek islands can’t keep up with the volume of bodies – including those of children – arriving at the hospitals every day.
The gruesome problem is only going to get worse as the winter weather worsens, and increasing numbers of refugees find themselves in trouble while crossing the perilous Aegean Sea.
Doctors at the main hospital on the Greek island of Samos had been issuing certificates stating that drowning was the cause of death, without carrying out post-mortems.
This allowed the bodies to be reclaimed by families and for funerals to go ahead.
But the practice has come to the attention of the country’s coroners’ association, the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine, which has condemned it as illegal and is threatening the doctors involved with legal action.
‘It is all very well to demand an autopsy,’ said a spokesman for the hospital in Samos.
‘But there are no trained coroners on the island, which is why we have to rely on doctors to issue certificates to the best of their ability.
Drowning at sea is classed as a violent death by the coroners’ association, and therefore a post-mortem is mandatory.
But the hospitals are so understaffed that they cannot provide anyone to carry out the tests.
Some families of the deceased have also objected to a post-mortem being carried out on religious grounds, which has reportedly further delayed the removal of bodies….(read more)
Source: Daily Mail Online