Cyprus Mail

Hurdles ahead for NHS

Health Minister Philippos Patsalis

Despite efforts to find common ground on the national health scheme (NHS), it was obvious there will be disagreements, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said on Saturday, as draft legislation concerning the NHS will be heading to parliament in around 20 days.

“There are many differing views arising from the lengthy dialogue we conducted with all political parties, unions, professional organisations, workers, and the public,” the minister said, adding that it was clear that red lines would have to be breached in the effort to overhaul the island’s health system.

Putting a new health system in place is included in the terms of the island’s bailout.

“The red lines set by the parties involved are so many there is no common denominator on which everyone agrees,” he said.

Patsalis said Cyprus had to take the “creative leap” so as to move forward.

The minister added that he would continue talking to all involved to achieve the highest consensus.


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