Swiss Red Cross cuts blood supply to Greece after bills unpaid
BERLIN — The Swiss Red Cross is slashing its supply of donor blood to Greece because the financially stricken country has failed to pay its bills on time, the head of the group’s transfusion service said today.
Rudolf Schwabe confirmed Swiss media reports that Greece had run up debts of several million dollars in the past. While those debts have since been repaid, the nonprofit SRC has decided to halve its blood shipments to Greece in the coming years in order to limit its financial risk, he said.
Greece’s international creditors have demanded the government cut spending on pharmaceutical products as part of bailout agreements.