By Evie Andreou
PETROS Matsas, the executive director of Nicosia General and the Makarios III hospitals, has been suspended for three-months over mismanagement at the two state hospitals, it was announced yesterday.
Matsas was suspended after he appeared at his office earlier this week, while on sick leave, to collect personal files, and to sign letters and cheques, Health minister Philippos Patsalis told CyBC.
All his decisions will be considered as void, Patsalis said.
Matsas, and four other doctors and ministry officials, are under investigation for allegedly misusing the services of a private sector paediatric surgeon, with whom the health ministry had an agreement to treat patients at the Makarios hospital to reduce the number of children being sent abroad for operations.
The paediatric surgeon has allegedly been called in to perform surgeries on routine operations which could have been carried out by other doctors, without the pre-approval of the health ministry as is the protocol.
Matsas’ initiative to set up a committee to approve calls for specialists for special operations was also considered irregular and a possible criminal offence.
Four other cases against Matsas are also being investigated.
The ministry has appointed Dr. Yiannakis Kyamides as acting head of Nicosia General and Dr. Christina Karaolis as acting head of the Makarios Hospital.