Cyprus - Hospital workers walk out over understaffing - October 22, 2009

On 21 October, ward assistants at Limassol General Hospital held a 24-hour strike in protest against staff shortages and increased workloads. Strikers' representative Christos Ioannides warned that unless the hospital authorities respond to a letter from the health unions within ten days, hospital's ward staff was prepared to go out on indefinite strike. District Secretary of PEO civil servants' union, Adonis Papachristoforou, said the government had carried out an enquiry, which recommended the hiring of 180 extra staff. His counterpart in the SEK union, Charis Antoniades, said that "everyone has admitted that clearly there is a problem at Limassol Hospital, but nobody is taking the initiative to solve it."




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