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Pasyno makes urgent call for more nurses

State nurses’ union Pasyno on Monday said they would take measures unless their employer, the state health services organisation (Okypy) hires the number of staff it agreed to last June.

The union has sent Okypy chairman Marios Panayides a letter calling for urgent procedures to recruit the full number of nurses, agreed between the unions and the organisation in June. “Otherwise the union will have no choice but to take action,” Pasyno said in a written statement.

“The spread of the pandemic, the increase of Covid-19 cases in the community and nurses and the operation of new wards and services in hospitals require the immediate staffing of hospitals with nurses,” the union said.

It called on Panayides to promptly intervene and provide a solution to the issue, which affects not only the nurses and other health professionals but also the health and health care of patients “in extremely difficult conditions.”

It added that in recent months, before the second wave of the pandemic broke out, the union appealed in all directions, especially to Okypy, for immediate staffing of hospitals, predicting that “not only will the needs increase with the increase of cases and the admission of patients but with Covid-19 cases among nursing staff.

“However,” Pasyno said, “despite the announcements, commitments and promises and despite our constant actions, nothing has been done so far with the risk of seeing the health system headed to collapse as it is not sufficiently staffed with nurses.”

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