The vast majority of medical societies explicitly dismissed claims of manipulation by the leadership of the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA), and declared that they will not be making any agreements with the state for their participation in the National Health Scheme (Gesy) if all demands of the association are not met.
In an extraordinary meeting on Saturday between CyMA’s medical board (SIS) and representatives of the majority of medical societies, the latter proclaimed their firm support for CyMA’s long-standing positions regarding Gesy.
The demands made by CyMA following an extraordinary general assembly in October last year involve allowing private doctors within Gesy to practice outside the system; increasing the Gesy budget; full administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals before Gesy is implemented; a guaranteed unit price for specialist doctors involved in outpatient care; and inpatient fees per medical procedure.
Concessions have so far been made for most demands, though the issue of private practice within the system remains a bone of contention between the association and the state.
Earlier in the week, a prominent member of the association, paediatrician Alkis Papadouris, filed his resignation letter where he accused SIS of blackmailing doctors to not participate in Gesy, as the board plans to crease a private health platform which doctors participating in Gesy are barred from.
Responding to this, the medical societies said that Papadouris’ claims were simply an attempt to divide them, but said that they remain united, rejecting any claims of blackmail or manipulation by the CyMA leadership.