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Chronic understaffing at Paphos and Polis hospitals leads to protests

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Two protests, organised by patients and residents over understaffing took place outside the Paphos and Polis Chrysochous hospitals on Tuesday.

MPs and community leaders joined residents from Polis who staged a protest at 9.30am over the staff shortages.

Polis Mayor Angelos Odysseos told the Cyprus News Agency the problems were not new. The hospital serves 25 communities.

As there are currently are no pathologists and cardiologists at Polis, the health ministry had arranged for specialists from Paphos hospital to be in charge of inpatients at Polis, to avoid closing down the wards.

This however, did not prove effective, the head of the Polis Chrysochous health committee Dr. Kyriacos Kyriacou said, as there is staff shortage at Paphos hospital, and its doctors cannot assume more responsibilities.

Paphos hospital’s doctors, Kyriacou said, signed a petition saying if they were forced to go to the Polis, they would resign.

“Our patience and tolerance have run out,” Odysseos said. Instead of the hospital’s problems being resolved, over the years they are getting worse, he said.

He added that he received reassurances from Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis that a cardiologist is to assume duties at Polis as of September, while they had also found a pathologist who agreed to be located there.

But in addition, Odysseos said, more staff needs to be hired at the ambulance service.

AKEL MP Andreas Fakontis said that the inpatient wards at Polis had been closed down, as well as the laboratory and the radiology department.

EDEK deputy Elias Myrianthous said that in the last 20 years there has been a constant degradation of the Polis hospital as it does not have orthopaedic doctors, nor gynaecologists.

Later in the day, at 11am, kidney patients gathered outside the Paphos hospital, to protest over the lack of a specialised inpatient renal ward 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 Paphos hospital because at the moment there is only one and he cannot cope with the increased workload.

They also said that the renal department of the hospital is too small and that it has no ventilation system nor windows.

For kidney patient Costas Protopapas, the nursing staff is very good but they are few. The same goes for the department’s only doctor, he said, who is not able to work from 7.30am until 11.30pm.

The head of the Paphos hospital Spyros Georgiou admitted that the premises of the renal department was inadequate and that they were looking into the possibility of cooperating with the public works department for improvements.

He added that there was an urgent need to hire another kidney expert.

Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis is expected to visit the two hospitals on July 25 to discuss the problems.

Earlier in the month the health ministry’s permanent secretary Christina Yiannaki had visited the two hospitals in a bid to find solutions. The Paphos hospital is not new to understaffing problems. Earlier in the month, as well as in June, the hospital’s gynaecology department was left without doctors. In June the only doctor on duty had collapsed due to overwork, while a few weeks ago both doctors were on sick leave.

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