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State doctors claim not fully informed on content of health reform bills

Government doctors union Pasyki said on Sunday they were not fully informed on the contents of two bills approved by the cabinet last week on reforming public health.

Speaking after a cabinet session on Friday, Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said the bills relate to reforms rendering state hospitals administratively and financially autonomous, as well as provisions of the NHS.

Pasyki said the approval opened the way for the submission of the draft legislation to the House and was a result of “time pressure exercised on the various actors”.

The union said it had not been informed about the content of the bills, and “calls on the executive and legislative powers to ensure, through their actions and decisions, the sustainability of public hospitals and thus public health, for the benefit of Cypriot citizens”.

“Pasyki, unlike like other statutory bodies or trade unions, did not receive relevant information about the content of the bills and many important chapters remain open for consultation,” the union said. “We find that the announced structured dialogue has remained a figure of speech, and unfortunately nothing more.”

Many things were still not cleared up, the union added. “At the same time, we are concerned that the status of healthcare workers who will be employed by hospitals that are autonomous has not been agreed.”

“The failure to specify the working status of autonomy conditions puts a brake on the development of a healthy working environment with an impact on the proper operation of public hospitals and the quality of health care to patients, and we believe that it would be important to agree on this before tabling bills in order to ensure the success of reforms,” the union said.

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