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President to reiterate determination to forge ahead with Gesy

In a meeting with the Pancyprian Medical Association on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades will reiterate his determination to implement the national health scheme Gesy on the basis of unanimous decisions.

In a post on Twitter, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos said that “at a meeting with CyMA on Monday, President Anastasiades and Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou will hear the positions of the Medical Association and will continue his determination to implement the national health scheme.”

The implementation of Gesy is a necessity, House President Demetris Syllouis said earlier in the day in a written statement.

“I also believe that any bona fide dialogue in a spirit of honesty can bring results, even within a week,” he said.

“A national health scheme is the right of any citizen and an obligation of the government in any European state,” he added.

Syllouris said that time has shown any delays in the implementation of Gesy increase the cost that will in the end be paid for by the public.

The meeting on Monday was called as private rheumatologists and intensivists followed six other medical specialities in saying they would not back Gesy.

The HIO announced this week that, as of January 21, it would be accepting applications by private doctors who would like to register as GPs in Gesy. The first phase of Gesy, which is the introduction of outpatient care, is to start in June.

The medical association that represents private doctors has yet to give the government a definite answer as to whether it would back Gesy.

Its head Petros Agathangelou called on the Health Insurance Organisation to finally present the final contracts to private doctors interested in joining Gesy “so that the medical world can freely decide whether the system ensures quality and safety, but also the dignity of doctors who will be called to carry the weight of the system.”

He reiterated that CyMA was focused on seeing the introduction of a quality health scheme which also ensures the dignity of doctors.

CyMA, he said, would not agree to any commitments unless everything was agreed, including issues concerning inpatient care.

The opt-out announcements by rheumatologists and intensivists follow those of urologists, nuclear medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists. Cardiologists, despite not being fully on board, said its members would each decide for themselves individually.

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