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Greek medical association backs Cypriot counterparts over Gesy

The Greek medical association on Tuesday said it was against the move of doctors from Greece to Cyprus to work as family doctors (GPs) and specialists under the National Health Scheme (Gesy), pledging solidarity to their Cypriot colleagues.

Head of the Greek medical association Michalis Vlastarakos told the Cyprus News Agency he did not eye positively the possible mass arrival of doctors from Greece to offer their services under Gesy.

The association took a stance following reports that the Cypriot government would try to bring in doctors from Greece in the case an insufficient number of Cypriot doctors did not join Gesy.

The Cypriot medical association (CyMA) said some two weeks ago that it had the authority to refuse to grant medical licences if it deemed this would threaten local physicians.

“As the Panhellenic Medical Association, we are against this,” Vlastarakos said. “We do not want to experience a new migratory wave of doctors, like that we have experienced in previous years. Nor do we wish the possible influx of Greek doctors to be a problem for our Cypriot colleagues.”

Vlastarakos said his association is in constant communication and cooperation with CyMA and is monitoring the public debate concerning Gesy.

He said that CyMA’s concerns as regards Gesy, are the same expressed by his association when the same dialogue took place in Greece for the introduction of the country’s health scheme.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Monday that there has been interest by doctors from other countries, mainly Greece, due to the salaries offered which he said are much higher than in Greece.

He said he did not know if this would result in a mass arrival of Greek doctors but his ministry’s intention, he said, was not to bring in doctors from abroad but get those in Cyprus to join Gesy.

Last week, the Citizens Alliance said it would table an amendment to the law which would prevent CyMA from stopping the employment of foreign doctors in Gesy.

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