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Protracted sick leave by prison wardens a problem, MPs hear

Prison wardens are unhappy over the lengthy sick leaves taken by their colleagues, MPs heard on Tuesday, one of the most serious problems faced by the authorities of the island’s only correctional facility.

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou told the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday that efforts to resolve the problem had yielded good results.

“However, some continue this practice, exploiting the way the medical councils operate,” he said.

The minister said it was one of the most serious problems faced by the Central Prisons, as many wardens had voiced their displeasure over the difficulties crated by their colleagues’ protracted sick leaves.

“The problem remains and needs further regulation,” the minister said.

It has been decided to change the way the medical council operates to include a prisons department officer in a bid provide the correct information and monitor the decisions issued.

“If a warden cannot exercise their duties then the medical council must state clearly they cannot respond,” the minister said. “If someone cannot exercise their duties then I don’t think there is a reason to work for the particular department.”

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