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‘Patients turned away due to overcrowding’

Patients are being turned away from the country’s only dedicated state-run centre for cancer because of overcrowding, it has been claimed.

‘Patients turned away due to overcrowding’

Many in-patients are instead being sent to stay in other hospital wards because the Oncology Centre, which opened just 19 months ago within the grounds of Lefkoşa State Hospital, is “frequently full”, a union leader said last week.

Cyprus Turkish Doctors’ Union head Ahmet Varış said the Oncology Centre had recently been operating at “full capacity”.

He said nearly 1,800 people were treated at the centre in 2017 — but added that the third floor of the building, designed to provide space for up to 23 inpatients, had yet to be put into use due to “staff shortages”.

Speaking during Cancer Week, Dr Varış said the problems had been exacerbated by a rise in the number of cancer cases in the TRNC.

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