Cyprus Mail

Gesy discussions with medical association enters second day

The Cyprus Medical Association was meeting early Tuesday (CyMA) with President Nicos Anastasiades and Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou to discuss the national health scheme Gesy.

Representatives of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) were also at the meeting.

Ioannou said after Monday’s meeting with CyMA that it was productive and that Tuesday’s would provide CyMA with the answers they were seeking on Gesy so that the scheme could proceed.

Asked if there was a great distance between the two sides, Ioannou replied negatively, stressing that he would not want to prejudge any result.
The first phase of the scheme kicked into action on Wednesday when the financial and administrative supervision of state hospitals was transferred to the Organisation of State Health Services (Okyy).

Okyy is tasked with the management, control, supervision and development of public hospitals and primary health care centres. Administrative decisions previously taken by the ministry of health will now be taken by Okyy.

On Friday the association of private hospitals, the oral and maxillofacial society, vascular and endovascular surgery association and the association of private doctors joined other groups in saying they would not join Gesy.

By Thursday, eight other private specialist groups had announced they would not back Gesy: rheumatologists, intensivists, urologists, nuclear medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists. Cardiologists said its members would each decide individually.

CyMA has denied claims it was behind the wide dissent.