State medical staff who are members of the civil servants’ union Pasydy are taking measures as of Monday to protest against the state health service (Okypy)’s handling of the transition into the National Health Scheme (Gesy).
They are dissatisfied with the way Okypy is handling important procedures such as the autonomisation of hospitals and the general reform of public healthcare, which must be complete before the first phase of Gesy kicks in on June 1.
As of Monday, the medical branch of Pasydy announced that as a first measure it would be abstaining from the ongoing dialogue with the state in view of finalising the structure and organisational details of public hospitals in Gesy.
In addition to the overall delay in the transitional procedures by Okypy, protesting members of the unions are concerned over the delay in being handed their contracts for Gesy.
According to the head of the union’s medical professionals Prodromos Argyrides further measures will possibly be announced in the coming period.
Salary contributions towards Gesy began on March 1, from when employees will contribute 1.7 per cent of their wages with employers contributing 1.85 per cent of each employee’s wages. The self-employed will contribute 2.55 per cent of their insurable income.
From March 2020, ahead of the full implementation of Gesy in June, these percentages will increase to 2.65 per cent for employees, 2.90 per cent for employers and 4 per cent for the self-employed.
Phase One of Gesy concerns outpatient care provided by personal physicians, specialists, pharmacies and labs.
Gesy will be in full swing as of June 1, 2020 with inpatient care.