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Bill on hospital autonomy should be ready by June

Health Minister Philippos Patsalis

A DRAFT bill over the autonomy of public hospitals is expected to be submitted to parliament by June, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said.

His plan is to vote for the legislation before the summer break, “complete its implementation by the end of the year and have hospitals work autonomously by the first day of 2016,” Patsalis said according to the Cyprus News Agency.

Once it was voted, moves to appoint boards of directors, open management positions and give every hospital budget approvals could move forward and have everything ready by the beginning of next year.

Discussions with doctors, nurses and other health professionals are still ongoing with their union representatives over implementing the NHS, restructures and the autonomy of the public hospitals. They have been striking for months on end making demands such as changing staff pay scales and contracts before the NHS is implemented. A decision has yet to be reached.

Stressing everything was in the correct timeframe, he said a public dialogue on the bill would follow next week and the Personnel Commission could continue discussing the matter.

“We hope discussions with PASYDY (government staff union) and the Personnel Commission will finish soon so the legislation can go to parliament,” Patsallis said.

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