Cyprus Mail

Public nurses threaten to go on strike

Health minister Philippos Patsalis talking to hospital staff and nurses

By Andria Kades

THE nurses branch of public service union PASYDY has given the Health ministry until May 4 to combat pressing problems in hospitals or else they will go on strike.

“We believe our reactions are justified as we have given the ministry adequate time to take a stance and make a decision,” PASYDY leader Prodromos Argiris said

The union has complained of an increased workload amidst a shortage of staff, lack of hospital beds, medicine and a dysfunctional system but faced a blank wall since February 20 when they had a meeting at the ministry.

Argiris complained they were promised a response two weeks after the meeting but received nothing. “We have sent them many letters and requests since, the last one was two days ago (Monday) and we have not received anything.”

He stipulated that there have been discussions with other hospital departments such as radiation, physiotherapy, mental health, radiology, laboratory, doctors and the pharmacy as well as PASYNO union which also represents nurses.

“Everyone is looking for a chance to react because hospitals have been neglected,” Argiridis said, adding that meetings so far indicated that it was likely that PASYDY would cooperate with the other departments leading to a unified strike.

It was possible the date would be postponed by a few days, however the final decision would be made on May 4 depending on the reaction – or lack of it – from the ministry.

Hospital staff have been protesting since late January.

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