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Cyprus doctors threaten strike action


    Strike action at state hospitals in Cyprus looms as doctors’ unions prepare to announce their next steps on Monday, raising concerns about potential disruptions to healthcare services.

    The Pancyprian Association of Government Doctors (PASYKI) and the Union of Cyprus Public Employees (PASYDY) are set to meet on Monday to finalize joint measures, including the timing of any potential mobilization.

    The dispute centers on financial incentives for doctors under the General Healthcare System (GHS), with both sides disagreeing on how to calculate these incentives based on the revenue of the Organization of State Health Services (SHSO).

    According to PASYKI President Sotiris Koumas, talks initiated two months ago have stalled due to differing interpretations of OKYPY's revenue figures. Koumas criticized SHSO’s decision in August 2023 to accept a reduced unit price from the Health Insurance Organization (HIO), claiming it caused “losses of tens of millions” to state hospitals.

    He confirmed PASYKI’s decision to take action and promised official announcements on Monday.

    Commenting on the doctors’ decisions, SHSO spokesperson Charalambos Charilaou told philenews, “The financial incentives for doctors were introduced at the beginning of SHSO to stem their exodus, reduce the income gap between public and private sector doctors, and increase productivity and, consequently, SHSO&# 8217;s revenue.’ He explained that ‘ the horizontal incentive provided to doctors is not a salary increase and therefore cannot be subject to change, while the vertical incentive must be adjusted in a way that benefits both doctors and the organization.’

    He added, “The Organization values ​​and recognizes the work of public hospital doctors, respects and upholds the existing agreement, but it cannot accept changes that benefit only one party and not both. Since we share the same vision, we believe that through dialogue and by seriously considering the labor market, any differences will be resolved, and labor peace will prevail.”

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