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Doctors call off planned strike

Civil servants at the hospitals are putting their lives at risk

The board of state doctors’ union Pasyki on Tuesday called off a three-hour strike planned for Wednesday.

In an announcement they said that after a meeting and taking into account assurances from the health minister, they had decided to suspend the measures. Also issues had been tabled and a schedule for discussion in October that would see movement in resolving outstanding problems.

They said they had never abandoned the dialogue in any case and that the measures were related to an incident last week when they were excluded from a meeting.

Pasyki had announced that its members would go on a three-hour work stoppage on Wednesday from noon to 3pm after Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis threw its delegation out of a meeting last week that discussed collaboration between the Makarios children’s hospital and the University of Cyprus medical school.

Pasyki said its board decided to stage the strike in “response to the humiliating act by the health minister towards the competent union of state doctors”. Pamboridis had justified his decision by saying the union had not even been invited as the agenda did not concern them.

The ministry and the university are cooperating over the training of medical students in state hospitals. Makarios hospital in Nicosia is the first to receive medical students from the school.  Pamboridis, who visited the hospital last month, said that medical students were expected to begin their clinical practice at the beginning of September.

A bill regulating the cooperation between public hospitals and the University of Cyprus’ medical school is expected to be completed within the next couple of months.

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