The Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) has decided to call on its members not to join the national health scheme (Gesy), a decision which is widely seen to be critical to the scheme’s future.
They said the plan “poses serious risks to the quality of health care and patient safety”.
In a statement, they explained they had set out conditions under which they would participate on October 27 last year, but they said the overall response to their key demands was negative.
The association’s main grievances are two: they want the flexibility of being able to enter into private practice within Gesy, and are calling for an increase in the budget due to concerns over remuneration.
The government has said no to both demands.
“CyMA remains committed to providing high-quality health services as well as protecting the medical profession and the dignity of physicians,” the statement said.
The members of the association met on Thursday at 7.30pm and they reached their decision late in the evening.
The association represents some 40 societies of physicians and medical scientists.
The association of private hospitals, the oral and maxillofacial society, the association of private doctors, the vascular and endovascular surgery association, rheumatologists, intensivists, urologists, nuclear medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists all decided not to join Gesy by last week. Cardiologists said its members would each decide individually.