By Evie Andreou
NO one will lose their job because of the hospital autonomy, Health minister Philippos Patsalis said yesterday, after his visit at the Larnaca General hospital.
Patsalis, who is set to visit all state hospitals to discuss with health professionals the upcoming hospital autonomy, an important step before the implementation of the national health scheme (NHS), said that there are no plans to reduce the size of any department or clinic.
He also said that the achievement of hospital autonomy within the year is an ambitious goal.
“This reform will solve many labour and especially administrative problems within the hospitals that will lead to a better quality of service to patients,” Patsalis said.
As part of the re-haul of hospitals, a study is to be carried out by a specialist from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on how to turn some institutions into university hospitals, Patsalis said.
“To establish that, a relationship has to be determined between revenues of the universities and the hospitals through a specific plan set by the experts in order for the Larnaca, Nicosia and Limassol hospitals to operate as university hospitals,” he said.
The goal of the ministry is first and foremost the management of the difficult situation that exists in public hospitals and to maximise and improve services to the public, the ministry announced.
It said that Patsalis’ visits to hospitals are based on two pillars: to inform on what has so far been done for the upgrade and development of health services and to review the progress achieved toward hospital autonomy.
At the same time, it said, the ministry is working simultaneously on the restructuring of the state primary care centres, the finalisation of labour issues and the completion of the relevant bill which is to be voted in parliament.
Patsalis is also set meet with all unions next week to discuss in detail all labour and promotion issues.