Cyprus Mail

No deal yet with state doctors

STATE doctors said on Thursday they were open to dialogue with the government but that their decision to cut down on patient examinations still stands.

PASYKI, their union, met with officials from the health ministry’s Medical and Public Health Services in a bid to hammer out a compromise.

PASYKI chairman Sotiris Koumas said later that the meeting was held in a “good climate.”

Nevertheless, he added, the union’s instructions to doctors to examine up to 30 patients a day, come Monday, still stood.

“These instructions shall apply until we have the Medical Services’ counter-proposals in writing,” said Koumas.

In a statement of their own, the Medical Services said the issue should not be treated as an ‘arithmetic one’, and said goodwill from both sides would work to the advantage of patients.

PASYKI’s move is intended to pressure the state to satisfy their demands for more staff.

The doctors say they currently each see between 40 and 50 patients a day, adding that the work overload can lead to mistakes.

Their union opposes the implementation of a so-called mini NHS, announced recently by the health minister, ahead of full-blown scheme in three four years.

Giorgos Pamboridis’ plan is to create a scheme that would offer universal access to free healthcare at public hospitals only in exchange for a one per cent levy on all income.

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