Greece classes paedophilia as disability
10 January 2012, 09:37
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
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
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
"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.
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,"
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.