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Nurses want Health minister to unfreeze posts

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NURSES are calling Health minister Philippos Patsalis to engage in a dialogue with them and have threatened with strike action if their demands are not met.

The Pancyprian Nurses union (PASYNO) expressed their discontent on Wednesday on the fact that the minister did not respond to the matter of the unfreezing of 161 posts and 28 in psychiatric nursing.

“The candidates for these positions have passed the relevant exams since 2011 and they already work as temporary staff or on indefinite contracts and the unfreezing of these posts does not affect the state payroll and budget,” an announcement said.

The nurses’ announcement added that had no response from the minister as opposed to other groups of health professionals (doctors) with whom the minister came in personal contact.

PASYNO said that this degrades the union and that they cannot understand the selective confrontation at the ministry which results in an uneven approach of a sector with thousands employees who offer their services tirelessly and responsibly.

“In the unfortunate case that we are not heard, and the dialogue in which we want the minister to find solutions is not promptly channelled, we do not rule out the possibility of taking drastic measures,” the announcement said.

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