The Pancyprian Union of Nurses (PASYNO) and the Nurses Branch of PASYDY warn that, in the event of a deadlock in the staffing of the hospitals, they will study ways of reaction, not excluding strike measures.< /b>
In a joint statement, the two unions express their strong dissatisfaction, regret and concern “for the obstruction displayed by OKYPY in the conclusion of an agreement for the correct and appropriate staffing of the Organization's hospitals”.
As they report, they have repeatedly indicated that the hospitals must be staffed and that the process for appropriate staffing is taking a long time and the conclusion of the discussions is considered urgent.
“The Organization's patchwork solutions, with the constant movement of nursing staff from one department to another only cause problems, as we close one hole and open others. This practice cannot be tolerated and adopted when hospitals manage human lives. We will not tolerate discounts on health care”, the unions point out.
They note that the issue of understaffing, although it is found in all public hospitals, has recently become more apparent at Makarios Hospital.
The unions report that “the two Pediatric Departments, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Makarios Hospital, which is also the Referral Hospital for children, are facing serious issues of understaffing and overcrowding, which are growing and increasing every day, with the OKYPY should wash its hands and lay the blame on others”.
They also note the problem that has arisen in the TAEP of the Paphos General Hospital, where their colleagues spontaneously went on a one-hour strike yesterday .