The health ministry announced on Wednesday that the cabinet had approved a €500-monthly allowance to doctors working at the accident and emergency departments of state hospitals as an incentive to curb transfer requests to less demanding departments.
The cabinet approved the health minister’s proposal, an announcement said, to offer a monthly allowance to doctors working at state hospitals’ A&Es and specialist doctors at the Kyperounda hospital. The allowance will begin on December 1.
“The government and the health ministry recognise the difficult working conditions of physicians in A&Es and their excessive workload, and at the same time aim to reduce the demands of A&E doctors to transfer to other departments,” the announcement said.
The allowance given to doctors working in remote areas, such as the Kyperounda hospital is in recognition of their difficult working conditions and an incentive to remain working there.
Cabinet also asked the health minister to look into the possibility of giving the allowance to doctors who work at the hospital of Polis Chrysochous and other remote areas.
Cabinet also aproved the establishment of a National Thalassemia Committee and asked Pamboridis to appoint its members. The committee will advise the government on shaping a national policy for the control and management of thalassemia.
The creation of the committee aims at modernising the services provided to patients but also laying the foundations for Cyprus to become an international reference centre for thalassemia, the health ministry said.