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Rapid population rise a strain on hospital staff

A DEMONSTRATION was staged at Lefkoşa State Hospital on Tuesday to back demands for the recruitment of more health workers to cope with the TRNC’s fast-growing population.

Rapid population rise a strain on hospital staff



The urgent call for more staff, made by the Civil Servants’ Union (Ktams), Public Officials’ Union (Kamu-sen), Public Workers’ Union (Kamu-iş) and the Nurses’ and Midwives’ Union,  came after a meeting between the Physicians’ Union (Tıp-iş) and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar.

Mr Tatar agreed that “adjustments” were needed to provide an improved health service and said that more discussions on how to tackle problems in the sector should take place.

“Although we have budget difficulties, by creating opportunities and making changes within our developing and economically growing TRNC, it is our policy to provide the best health service for our people… and we are succeeding,” Mr Tatar said.

Meanwhile, during the demonstration, Ktams head Güven Bengihan accused the Health Ministry of using threats to force health workers to undertake “donkey work”, emphasising that they were required to work overtime in May, June and July while their overtime rates were reduced by 50 per cent.

“I call on the ministry to employ more staff which would render compulsory overtime unnecessary,” he said.

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