Cyprus - Work stoppage of doctors - October 31, 2016

State doctors went on a three-hour strike at Makarios hospital in Nicosia to protest the health ministry’s decision to train students from University of Cyprus’ (UCy) medical school in public hospitals. The work stoppage, by trade union Pasyki and the doctors’ branch of civil servants’ union Pasydy, began, after the dean of the UCy’s medical school went to the Makarios hospital to assume duties at the children’s surgery clinic, as part of the cooperation agreement between the UCy and the health ministry. Both unions are against the cooperation agreement between the ministry and the university. According to the agreement each hospital department will have two heads – the existing manager and a university doctor – while the latter will also have under his or her supervision a number of medical staff of the department. The university doctor will take three to four physicians from the already understaffed clinic who will be under his supervision. The unions consider that this will create chaos. The unions also protest against the difference in salaries as university doctors’ annual income will be more than three times that of state doctors.

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