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Former Oncology centre head tipped for health chief role

Sir David Nicholson

The former head of the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre is tipped to replace the chairman of the board of the state health services organisation (Okypy) Sir David Nicholson who decided to step down after allegations of conflict of interest.

The Cyprus Mail understands that Alecos Stamati will be proposed by the health ministry to replace Nicholson. The final decision will be taken by the cabinet.

Stamati was the head of the oncology centre for many years and since last January has been the patients’ representative at Okypy’s scientific council.

Nicholson resigned over what he said was an orchestrated attack against him by institutions he thought should be supporting such a massive reform and not placing obstacles.

Nicholson, who assumed his duties a little over a year ago, in December 2017, had been under fire by opposition parties over an alleged conflict of interest concerning himself and his wife.

Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides had also asked the cabinet earlier in the year to examine a possible conflict of interest citing a legal opinion by the attorney-general.

An audit service report showed that Nicholson had not stated all his business affiliations when applying for the position and as required by law.

The law states that Okypy members have a conflict of interest if they are linked to “any businesses dealing with health issues”. Okypy members are also required to state the interests of up to fourth-degree relatives.

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