Members of nurses union PASYNO are staging a 12-hour strike for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, affecting the smooth operation of hospitals.
They are protesting against hospital understaffing, lack of information over government’s plans to make hospitals autonomous, and the government’s delay in starting discussions with the union over upgrading nursing school qualifications.
The nurses are asking for a freeze on promotions to be lifted, the introduction of a hazardous occupation allowance, and the opening of 200 more nursing jobs.
Due to the strike, which started at 7.30am, all scheduled surgeries at the Paphos, Limassol and Paralimni state hospitals were cancelled, since the majority of their nursing staff are PASYNO members, while a number of surgeries were also cancelled at the Nicosia and Larnaca state hospitals.
Skeleton staff was handling any emergencies.
PASYNO spokesman Theodoros Petelis said the union will convene during the week to review the situation and make decisions.
Petelis said they hoped that the state would provide some answers regarding their demands.