Two protests over understaffing, organised by patients and area residents, were scheduled to take place outside the Pafos and Polis Chrysochous state hospitals on Tuesday.
Residents of Polis Chrysochous staged a protest at 9.30am over the staff shortages at their state hospital. The mayor of Polis Chrysochous Angelos Odysseos told the Cyprus News Agency that the problems were not new.
At 11am kidney patients are to protest outside the Paphos hospital, because there is no specialised renal department and they have to receive treatment in other wards which increases the risk of infections.
Patients are also demanding the appointment of another kidney specialist at the Paphos hospital as at the moment there is only one and he cannot cope with the increased workload.
Odysseos said that the Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis is expected to visit the district’s state hospitals on July 25 to discuss the problems they face.