Cabinet delays hospital autonomy bill denies union pressure

first_imgBy Evie AndreouTHE cabinet has postponed its approval of the hospital autonomy bill which was due on Wednesday and denied the delay was linked to a threatened 48-hour nursing strike in public hospitals.The dialogue between the health ministry and health sector professionals will continue until mid-September, the president’s office announced.On Tuesday Health Minister Philippos Patsalis had warned that it was imperative deputies vote on the bill before the summer recess because if momentum was lost Cyprus would not have a National Health Scheme (NHS) even within 40 years. It would appear that pressure from unions forced the government to yield.Just hours before the cabinet meeting, nursing union PASYNO said on Tuesday night they had called off the 48-hour strike that had been due to start on Wednesday and Thursday, after their constant efforts “forced President Nicos Anastasiades to take the initiative and withdraw the bill”.“The bill was withdrawn at the eleventh hour, following coordinated contacts and efforts by our union over the last few days,” the union said.The nursing branch of the civil servants’ union PASYDY also announced on Tuesday night they would not proceed with the strike.The union insisted that the bill should not be presented to the cabinet until it had been discussed thoroughly by the mixed staff committee.Both unions objected to the bill’s final draft arguing that the role of the nursing branch was overlooked.PASYNO said Patsalis’ attitude, to push forward with the bill without exhausting dialogue with the branch “insults institutions [and] ignores health professionals”.PASYDY said the proposed bill ignored basic principles that endanger the effective operation of public hospitals, which would not be able to survive competition without essential restructuring and modernisation, “which are definitely not secured with the proposed bill”.Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos insisted the delay was not linked to the threat of strikes.“The extension was given to provide margin for better dialogue and to avoid misunderstandings and reactions in the future,” he told the Cyprus Mail.The announcement from the president’s office said that the dialogue would continue because of “the position of some organisations that represent the employees on the need to continue with the social dialogue and as an ultimate attempt to avoid any labour disruption”.“Let it be clear that no other extension will be given on behalf of the government, which in September will proceed with tabling the bill to the House,” it said.This delay will further push back the implementation of the NHS.Patsalis had said that it would take six to nine months for autonomy to be fully implemented from the day the bill is passed.As regards the NHS, after constant announcements of dates being pushed back, the latest date for the commencement of the first phase of the scheme had been January 2017, with the second phase scheduled for the beginning of May 2017. This will now be impossible.   You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more