Efforts are being made by the state health services (Okypy) so that by the summer, general hospitals around the island are autonomous and the services provided under the National Health Scheme (Gesy) are improved, general manager of Okypy Nikolaos Polyzos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) on Thursday.
“Since January 1, Okypy has been undertaking huge efforts to become better organised before it can be made autonomous from the Health Ministry, but mainly so that it can then continue with the autonomisation of hospital administrations,” Polyzos said.
We have, he said, three regions – Nicosia, Larnaca, and Limassol – each with a hospital and many outpatient clinics, while we also have other services such as ambulances, psychiatric clinics and so on.
“We will attempt to better organise these services and coordinate the staff with better management strategies,” Polyzos said.
Referring to the contracts of state doctors who will be transferred to Gesy, Polyzos said that for the past two months Okypy has been engaged in dialogue and has attempted to correct whatever is possible within the limits of the relevant law.
At the end of January, the nurses’ union (Pasyno) said that Okypy is lagging behind with the autonomisation of hospitals and other tasks necessary for implementing Gesy.
Okypy, the organisation in charge of ensuring hospital autonomy, has yet to negotiate important details regarding the contracts of newly appointed nursing staff, including their recruitment and integration into Okypy, which should have already begun, Pasyno spokesperson Theodoros Petelis said.
On Thursday, Polyzos confirmed that requested improvements to the contracts have been accommodated to the greatest extent possible and so contracts are now ready and have been given to the doctors.
Okypy will also be hiring 300 new employees, Polyzos said, “and our offices are overflowing with hundreds of applications.”
Polyzos added that meetings have been set up in all three regions every Friday so that state doctors can be better informed and hospitals are better organised.