Cyprus Mail

‘NHS plan ready for the troika’

Health Minister Petros Petrides

The National Health Scheme (NHS) is ready to be implemented Health Minister Petros Petrides said on Tuesday.

The plan to gradually implement the NHS was to be presented to Cyprus’ international lenders via tele-conference in the afternoon.

“We will discuss it when they come back to the island,” Petrides said. The minister refused to go into further detail.

During the second troika review the government managed to obtain an extension on presenting a plan which would see the introduction of the NHS. This was done in order to ensure the NHS would not further burden vulnerable groups to the point that they would not be able to meet their financial obligations.

According to the conditions of the bailout, the NHS would need to be introduced by the end of 2015 and for that reason the troika had asked the government to present a detailed plan by January.

A troika delegation is expected on the island for its third review on January 28 and will leave on February 12.



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