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A&E nurses call two-hour strike over lack of beds and personnel

Emergency room nurses have announced a two-hour strike for Friday morning to protest the lack of personnel and beds in state hospitals.
Skeleton staff will be standing by between 8am and 10am, their union said.
Chairman Prodromos Argyrides said their problem was the “inability to serve people” because there were no empty beds in the hospitals.
Due to this, patients remained in the A&E, making conditions difficult for medical staff tending to fresh emergencies.
It is understood that the problem was worse in the Nicosia and Limassol general hospitals.
One solution is to open closed wards but that would mean hiring new staff.
The union has complained repeatedly but they were told the matter would be resolved when the NHS was introduced.
In a letter to Health Minister Philippos Patsalis, the union said neither he nor other officials “take the scale of the problem seriously.”
“As health workers whose aim is to ensure patients’ health and security, and with a clear danger of losing human lives,” the union urged the minister to resolve the matter immediately.
Similar problems were also experienced in the intensive neonatal unit at Makarios Hospital, the Nicosia General Hospital ICU, the dialysis unit in Limassol, and others, the union said.

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