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Doctors at Paphos A&E on daily work stoppages over understaffing

Doctors of the Paphos hospital’s accident and emergency department announced that from Thursday they would go on two-hour work stoppages every day to protest over understaffing.

The doctors announced that the work stoppages will be between 12.30pm and 2.30pm on weekdays and between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on weekends.

At the moment, there are 10 doctors at the A&E department, reports said, while the minimum number of physicians required to meet needs and ensure patient safety is 13.

Doctors told state broadcaster CyBC, that some of their colleagues are on prolonged sick leave but have not been replaced. They also said that they are forced to work for long periods of time without breaks and are not being paid for overtime.

They said the health ministry failed to respond to their repeated letters in which they refer the problems the department faces, including issues concerning equipment.

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