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Patients call for more health spending

The federation of patient associations called on the state on Friday to increase health spending so that public hospitals could cope with the rising needs.

The federation said the state should invest more in human resources and equipment, and put the needs of patients above everything else.

“For many years, health spending was not only reduced in relation to the real needs of public health, but the already limited resources were wasted,” the federation said.

Those resources had not been focused on the real needs of public health and the improvement of the quality of patient care, “putting public hospitals in critical condition, and making them unable to respond to the citizens’ increased needs.”

The federation highlighted the approval of legislation to implement a national health scheme that puts public facilities in a course of reform, having as priorities universal and equal access, modernisation, but also tackling corruption and wastefulness.

The statement followed EU data released on Tuesday showing that Cyprus ranked last in government expenditure on health in 2015.

When it came to health, Cyprus’ government spending stood at 2.6 per cent of GDP, last in the EU, and less than half the bloc’s average of 7.2 per cent of its GDP.

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