Financial crisis and drug provision
I’m not about to make a crass analogy between the UK and Greece, but drug provision from charities in this country (reported by Mary O’Hara in the Guardian today) has parallels to street clinics run by NGOs in Greece.
As mentioned in the Lancet:
Another indicator of the effects of the crisis on vulnerable groups is increased use of street clinics run by NGOs. Until recently, these clinics mainly catered to immigrants, but the Greek chapter of Médecins du Monde estimates that the proportion of Greeks seeking medical attention from their street clinics rose from 3—4% before the crisis to about 30%.
I’m all for inclusion of the third sector, but we should stand back and see what the new inclusion in their remit means for the most vulnerable in society.