President announces "bold reforms" in health sector (pics)

President Niκos Christodoulides announced "bold reforms" in the health sector, while addressing an event to mark European Patients' Rights Day that was organised by the Cyprus Federation of Patients’ Associations (CyFPA) at the Presidential Palace.

Christodoulides said that reforms are expected soon, along with a number of pieces of legislation that are in their final stages of preparation.

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He noted that a Health Ombudsman will be established within 2024, one of whose tasks will be to ensure that the 14 principles of the Charter of Patients' Rights are implemented in Cyprus. Moreover, he said these 14 rights "should be recognised and, most importantly, fully respected in every state, not just through fine words and statements, but through policies”.

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Speaking about legislation involving bold reforms, the President said this will also provoke certain reactions. “These bold reforms have the sole aim of protecting the GHS, which is the biggest social reform to date," he explained. "There is important work that we have to do as a State, but I believe that since the adoption of the Charter, significant steps have been taken in our country and these steps have been taken largely because of the work of the CyFPA." He said that "CyFPA is the strongest non-governmental organisation".

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He also said that the government has common goals and common objectives with CyFPA, noting that its actions "contribute greatly to the formulation of policies in the broader health sector and to this great effort both for me and for the whole Government, the Ministers”.

"It is our duty as a State to listen to the needs of citizens and do our utmost to defend patients and their rights," the President said.

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