Even the Romans would say Naples isn’t quite Europe

Doctors and nurses are among 94 hospital workers from Naples who have been placed under investigation on suspicion of repeatedly skipping work, police have said .

One supervisor at the Loreto Mare hospital was found working as a chef in a hotel, while an on-duty doctor was spotted playing tennis and going shopping. Two health workers were caught clocking in 20 colleagues each day to make it look like they were on the job.

Bit hyperbolic, but Africa starts 20 km south of wherever your Italian discussing it comes from.

27 comments on “Even the Romans would say Naples isn’t quite Europe

  1. Culture is a persistent thing isn’t it? We have given these Levantines all this money. Made them rich. But it has not made them Germans.

  2. I don’t think this is a particularly Italian problem, or even confined to the public sector, although it’s probably more likely in the public sector as anyone familiar with Friedman’s 4 ways of spending money would be aware.

  3. Seriously? Someone thinks that half the doctors in any British hospital are working as chefs while collecting their salaries?

  4. This is something the Italians in the public sector have down to fine art, the stories just keep emerging at regular intervals.
    The fact that Sicily had more forest workers than the whole of Canada, the southern town that had more people claiming benefits for blindness than the towns total population, firefighters who had claimed wages for twenty years but had never clocked in during that period, and on and on.
    How with tax avoidance a national pastime the country has staggered on is a total mystery, but it does.
    A small sample
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-03/10/c_133175574.htm

  5. No I don’t think half of doctors are working as chefs while collecting their NHS salaries. I wouldn’t be surprised if a similar scam isn’t being operated somewhere in the NHS or even the private sector.

  6. My late missus was born in Italy and was a proud Lombard.

    Italy stopped at Florence. Everything else south was varying degrees of Barbarism.

  7. From my experiences of the NHS it would not surprise me if there were some ambulance drivers who moonlight for Deliveroo or Domino’s, for example, or admin staff who clean schools. How else to explain how hard it can sometimes be to get in touch with a staff member in a hospital?

  8. Then there’s the question of what consultants do in their spare time. I think most of us imagine them playing golf and gardening. Who is to say they are not running pottery workshops or working in hotel kitchens?

  9. BnLiA

    My late missus was born in Italy and was a proud Lombard.

    Italy stopped at Florence. Everything else south was varying degrees of Barbarism.

    Not entirely hyperbolic.

    Some Italian signoritas I know in London dismiss anything south of the Po as “Africa”. Honestly.

    And yes, Tim’s point re at least “20 kms”, obviously.

  10. I’ve a pretty good idea what NHS consultants do in their spare time. They work in private medicine. Pays far more than any alternative.
    And I recall that in the days of unionised Fleet Street plenty of workers with protected non-jobs worked as cabbies during working hours.

  11. Rapidly approaching the realms of verifiable fact, I used to work with a guy who had been in the internal audit department of a privatised utility. He once visited an exchange building and found it full of gardening equipment – a lawnmower, forks, shears etc. It transpired that some of the engineering staff were running an odd jobs business out of the exchange during slack periods. The joys of overmanning.

  12. Three centuries of Spanish rule really did a number on Naples, didn’t it? From the richest city in Europe to, well, Naples.

  13. Even so, the Latin attitude of contempt and hatred towards government is something that could usefully be imitated by others.

    What I never get is why or how Latin socialists can at once despise government, know how awful it can be and still want more of it.

  14. Riding in the back of a Milan taxi, we stopped for a red light, while the car in the next lane sailed on through. “See that?” asked the cabby, “Rome plates. In Milan, traffic lights are obligatory; in Rome, they’re optional; and in Naples, they’re just for decoration.”

  15. Completely O/T.

    It’s the Oscars tomorrow and although I’m not interested in films or celebs I’m going to make a prediction: Every acceptance speech will be tedious in the extreme and revolve virtue signalling how much they hate Trump and that each one will find its way on to at least one BBC news report.

  16. If you think that there everything in the NHS is above board and that there is nobody who abuses the system, I have a bridge to sell you.

  17. Fred Z – “What I never get is why or how Latin socialists can at once despise government, know how awful it can be and still want more of it.”

    They can support more taxes because they do not intend to pay any. They support more laws because they will not obey them. Like the rich that support the Democrats in America – they all have good tax lawyers and so have no intention of paying any more taxes. Look at Hollywood.

    Besides, if you think of government as banditry, then it makes sense that you need to support your bandits and make sure they stay in power. Northern Europeans think of honest government as an option. Fools.

  18. Italians don’t in fact exist. Ask any Italian and he or she will tell you that any Italian living north of him or her is a German and any Italian living south is an arab.

  19. Even the NHS acknowledges that fraud exists in the NHS with their very own NHS Protect department (Counter Fraud Services in Scotland).

  20. BlokeinBerkshire – “Even the NHS acknowledges that fraud exists in the NHS with their very own NHS Protect department (Counter Fraud Services in Scotland).”

    I saw someone run a red light in Oxford once. Therefore road traffic in the south-east is the same as Calcutta?

  21. In Costa Rica a friend of mine stopped at an amber light as he knew a cop car was behind him. The cops ran into him and then fined him for making an unexpected manouver.

  22. @BnliA, and PF: indeed so. Right back in the 70’s my father’s Italian colleagues used to say “South of Rome, it is Africa”.

    The probably said “South of Florence” amongst themselves.

    Nothing much has changed, and I still love Italy.

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