Child commissioner Leda Koursoumba on Monday stressed the need for a policy change concerning the ban on parents or guardians being present when minors undergo medical examinations in state hospitals.
Speaking after a meeting before the House human rights committee, Koursoumba said MPs heard the views of the health ministry, state pediatricians and child psychologists.
“There was a very important conclusion,” she said, adding that they agreed “that the general rule must be to allow the presence of parents.”
“Of course there are exceptions that will be decided by the doctor – where for example the parent’s mental state may not allow them to contribute to the best interest of the child – but all these must, as we have suggested, be established through a protocol,” she said.
The committee asked the health ministry to draft the protocol in cooperation with the child commissioner. The two sides said they will inform the committee on the task’s progress after the summer.
“This is a very positive development that will also benefit our children,” Koursoumba said.
Committee chairwoman, DISY MP Stella Kyriakidou, said everyone agreed that a protocol must be put in place clearly defining a child’s right to have their parents on their side when undergoing medical examinations.
Kyriakidou said the matter will be revisited by October.