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Gesy questions raised after non-registered child needs ICU care

The Makarios hospital

After a three-year-old child not registered with a Gesy GP was delayed in receiving required emergency transfer to the Makarios hospital, now under the management of a Gesy body, questions have been raised regarding the fate of children being treated by private pediatricians when the Makarios hospital hosts the only ICU on the island for children.

According to letter issued on Thursday by the presidents of the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) and the pediatric society, Petros Agathangelou and Nikos Skordis, a series of questions were raised on Wednesday when the child needed emergency admittance to the ICU, now part of Gesy and managed by the state health services (Okypy).

“Rather than the incident developing in the expected manner whereby the child would be immediately received for further examination and treatment at the Makarios hospital… what was witnessed was an unnecessary delay and hassle for the child’s family due the child’s not being registered with a Gesy GP,” the letter said.

Directing a series of questions to Okypy, the presidents of the two private-sector bodies asked whether it is a prerequisite that a Gesy beneficiary is registered with a Gesy GP in order to receive emergency treatment at an Okypy healthcare centre.

They also asked whether it is possible for a private doctor, who is the doctor of choice of a Gesy beneficiary, to refer their patient for emergency treatment at an Okypy hospital, even though that person is not registered with a Gesy GP.

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