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Larnaca hospital employee on remand (Updated)

A 34-YEAR OLD employee of the Larnaca General Hospital was remanded on Tuesday for six days over an alleged case of embezzlement.
The man, who works at the patient’s registration department at the hospital’s emergency unit, reportedly registered patients who were examined by doctors for a €10 fee, and later cancelled a number of those registrations.
The suspect, who reportedly confessed to his actions, made a voluntary statement and said that he has been cancelling registrations since April.
The manager of the hospital’s accounts department had reported in court that she was told by employees that patients registering in various hospital’s departments had said that they had earlier been treated at the emergency unit but their registrations could not be found.
She added that cancellations rarely take place but when she checked the records in June she discovered a high number of cancellations at the emergency unit. She said she found 92 cancellations logged by the suspect compared to 3 or 4 from each of the other employees.
After investigating 34 cancellations made by the suspect, she found out that in 33 of them, patients were registered and had paid the €10 fee. They had been examined by doctors who filled out and signed examination papers. Their registrations were cancelled illegally by the suspect who allegedly pocketed the fees.
Police are expecting to get 40 statements from hospital staff and patients.

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