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Doctors to be hired at Paphos and Polis hospitals

Health minister George Pamboridis meeting Paphos medics on Monday

The health ministry on Tuesday announced the decision to hire of a number of doctors of various specialties to help alleviate the serious understaffing problems at the Paphos and Polis hospitals.

The announcement came a day after Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis visited the two state hospitals, where he discussed with management and medical staff the operational problems they face.

In relation to the operational problems encountered by the two hospitals and following what had been discussed during Pamboridis’ visit, a number of decisions were taken, “which will be in immediate effect”, the ministry said.

The decisions include hiring a general practitioner (GP) at the Paphos hospital who will also be assigned duties at the Polis hospital. The hospital will also see its medical staff increased by one cardiologist.

The inpatient ward of the Polis hospital, which was closed down due to medical staff shortage, is placed under the supervision of the head of the Paphos hospital’s general practice clinic.

The ministry also said it will buy the services of ambulance drivers “so that all shifts are fully covered, aiming at the maximum use of the four ambulances at the Polis hospital”.

It added that it is also buying laboratory and radiology services to cover the needs of the Polis hospital during the hours when the hospital’s lab radiology department does not operate. The aim is the 24-hour support of the hospital’s A&E department and inpatient ward.

As for the Paphos hospital, a physician will be appointed to help meet the increased workload at the A&E department. An endocrinologist will also be hired, the ministry said, to “partially cover the needs of the Paphos General Hospital”.

“These decisions, which will be in effect immediately, are not the final solutions for the Paphos and Polis Chrysochous hospitals, but first necessary steps to address problems… at this stage,” the ministry said. It added that it continues to study all the issues related to the operation of the two hospitals to find long term solutions.

Both the Paphos and Polis hospitals have been plagued with problems, and the health ministry has been pressured to find solutions, mainly to the understaffing.

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