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Nurses’ union blasts ‘bad management’ at Nicosia Hospital (updated)

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Nurses’ union Pasyno has called on Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas to intervene over what it branded “bad management” Nicosia general hospital which it claimed puts patients and staff in danger.

In a written statement, the union said the hospital’s general executive director insists every day on “the same mistaken policy” of expanding existing departments and operating new departments and services, “without taking into account the availability of the necessary staff needed”.

The management’s decisions are pushing “nursing staff to the verge of exhaustion and collapse with double shifts,” Pasyno said, as it also criticised the chief nursing officer of the hospital.

The situation at the Nicosia general hospital is also affecting other state hospitals, the union said, “as the administration stubbornly refuses to release staff that, by agreement, are necessary for the staffing of the other hospitals”.

Pasyno said the administration’s policy is supported by state health services organisation (Okypy).

“The central administration of Okypy does not seem willing to provide solutions to the problems,” the announcement said.

The union called on the health minister as well as political parties to immediately intervene to prevent the collapse of state hospitals “which are considered the main pillar of public health”.

But the Nicosia general hospital’s management said it continues to serve the best interests and needs of patients, as it has been doing throughout the pandemic, and would not be drawn into any union demands at the patients’ expense.

It said that throughout the pandemic, the Nicosia general hospital was put under more stress than other hospitals, to which it responded very well, ensuring all Covid patients were treated and were able to receive other operations too.

Despite the significant increase in staffing needs, medical and nursing and paramedical staff, “and the very significant difficulties, under particularly stressful conditions, the management of the Nicosia general hospital, was able to manage this very special situation, a fact that is accepted by all,” it said.

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