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Greece classes paedophilia as disability

2012-01-09 23:02

Athens - Greek disability groups expressed anger on Monday at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognised disability categories to include paedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs.

The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action "incomprehensible", and said paedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants.

The labour ministry said categories added to the expanded list - that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists - were included for purposes of medical assessment and used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance.

But NCDP leader Yiannis Vardakastanis, who is blind, warned the new list could create new difficulties for disabled Greeks who are already facing benefit cuts due to the country's financial crisis.

"What's happened is incomprehensible. I think there is some big mistake. The ministry should have a different policy on disability," Vardakastanis told the Associated Press.

"The list contains major changes to disability quotients, which could effectively remove many people from access to benefits."

The new list gives pyromaniacs and paedophiles disability pay up to 35%, compared to 80% for heart transplant recipients.

"It's really not serious to grant Peeping Toms a 20%-30% disability rate, and 10% to diabetics, who have insulin shots four or five times a day," said Vardakastanis.

Greece has been fighting to avoid bankruptcy since 2009. Public spending on health and welfare programmes has been sharply cut under austerity measures imposed as a condition for receiving emergency loans from the International Monetary Fund and other countries using the euro currency.

Independently run welfare programmes that survived on state grants have been the hardest hit, leaving some disabled groups, including the deaf, facing sudden drops in their standard of care.

The government is also battling widespread abuse in the welfare system, forcing tens of thousands of disabled people to be reassessed.

Comments
  • Bob - 2012-01-09 23:40

    No wonder Greece is bankrupt...!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-10 00:50

      Outrageous. Soon our govenrmemt will do something similar. You rape, you get a grant, you kill you get a grant, etc. Sounds like a pension plan for officials.

  • spartan888 - 2012-01-10 00:14

    this article is a load of rubbish. No such law has been changed or passed. Its just the utterings of a cheap greek tabloid. They have cut everything in greece i.e. there have been NO additions to disability payments what-so-ever.

      spartan888 - 2012-01-10 00:19

      some idiot in greece suggested a revised list and now the world media is jumping on it like the new list has been approved (such a silly list would never be approved)

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-10 06:53

      It is being widely reported, by one of the most reputable news agencies, as a government decision, on what do you base your comment?

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-10 07:06

      I hope you're right spartan, cause if its true then we all understand why Greece is in such a mess today. This kind of decision is insane. (I was going to say "verging on", but this is past that point.) But ja, the media loves to spew rubbish - lets wait and see.

      Eugene - 2012-01-10 07:11

      I have done no research here, but based on long experience with media reports, I think spartan is likely right. One need not pay any attention whatsoever to anything reported in the popular media. It is strictly for entertainment. I wonder: if paedophiles are disabled, does that mean they get special parking spaces in front of the primary school? :-)

      spartan888 - 2012-01-10 11:37

      @koo.doyle. The media are sensationalists. Their word must not be taken as the whole truth. On top of that, I am greek and i have checked with my friends over there and they all say that the story is hogwash.

  • jannie.robbertze - 2012-01-10 00:16

    paedophiles are mentally disabled.they are very sick. If giving them treatment and a disability pension keeps a single child safe then it is worth it.

      Gollum - 2012-01-10 06:41

      Not everything that's wrong is a disability. Being a sicko or thief should be punished not treated.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-10 07:08

      Treat them while they are incarcerated, they should never be free to move around. That has been proven over and over. Actually, they don't need a pension while incarcerated, what for?

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-01-10 02:09

    If you look at the general Greek citizens living at home and abroad, you can see why the country is screwed. Sane for the rest of the screwed Europe countries.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-10 07:10

      I find all the Greeks I know in SA a great bunch of people. Actually prefer a lot of them to our locals.

      spartan888 - 2012-01-10 11:41

      @marina. do you have a brain? ...... i didnt think so either

  • Pawel - 2012-01-10 06:35

    Haha Greece is such a sh..hole... Now they proved it...

      spartan888 - 2012-01-10 11:39

      Thats real rich coming from a polish person. Your country is so great that half of poland lives in england now hahahahahaha

  • Robert Christopher Porter - 2012-01-10 06:39

    That is outrageous. They are getting paid to harm kiddies. No good will come from that decision. Tragic..

  • Dianne - 2012-01-10 08:40

    Why don't they also just class "stupidity" as a disability as well.

  • christo.crous - 2012-01-10 08:59

    That's just crazy. So paedophiles are getting better parking spots at malls to sit and ogle kids.

  • Pulverturm - 2012-01-10 09:53

    How do you separate the men from the boys in Greece? With a crowbar!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-10 13:20

    A lot of the existent disability grants they pay out need to be stopped as well, diabetics don't need grants unless their condition is so bad that work becomes impossible, same with transplant patients, other than an initial recovery period, heart recipients etc should not qualify, if they are unable to function after a transplant what was the sense of incurring the operation costs in the first place, bit like saying you cant work of be productive because you have a bad heart, so we will give you a new one and then you won't be able to work or be productive. as BOB said no wonder Greece is bankrupt.

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