Patients’ group concerned about ongoing instability in Gesy
The Federation of Patients’ Associations (Osak) said on Wednesday it was very concerned about the ongoing instability in the administration of the state health services organisation (Okypy), especially in the past two years during the coronavirus pandemic.
President Nicos Anastasiades will hold a broad meeting on Thursday with healthcare stakeholders to discuss outstanding issues.
In a statement, Osak slammed Okypy “for still being without a head in the central administration in the Larnaca-Famagusta and Nicosia districts.”
“Public hospitals are in a very difficult position, having to deal with the pandemic which is on the rise, while suffering from multiple problems which relate to issues of administration, organisation and modernisation.
“Public hospitals are the backbone of the general healthcare system (Gesy) and should be protected at all costs. However, no improvements have been made and patients are the ones who suffer the most in this situation,” the statement said.
Osak went on by expressing its deep concerns regarding the little autonomy public hospitals have in terms of day-to-day operations.
“Patients have been calling on the government for months to act immediately and take drastic measures to restructure the public hospitals’ administration system, but to no avail.
“Specifically, there is an immediate need to restructure and strengthen the Board of Directors of Okypy with people who have experience in the health sector and who will include Osak in the decisions they will take.”