Diko and Edek backed independent presidential candidate Nikos Christodoulides on Wednesday said that he and his government would defend and upgrade the national health system (Gesy) if elected.
During a meeting with the patients association (Osak), he said that together with the “community and the patients, we will defend and upgrade Gesy”.
He said that his plan includes: operating A&E departments at private hospitals to take the pressure off the state hospitals, to institutionalise a national drug authority to give access to modern and innovative medicines, and the categorisation of patients with chronic illnesses.
The president of Osak, Marios Kouloumas expressed satisfaction with the priorities of Christodoulides and noted the necessity of understanding and cooperation between patients and the political leadership.
On Tuesday, during a visit to Makarios hospital in Nicosia, Christodoulides was briefed on the strengths and challenges the hospital faces, as well as its potential to expand and improve its facilities and technologies, through the recovery and resiliency programme.
The presidential hopeful said he was an ardent supporter of Gesy from the onset and will work toward improving the quality of its services.