Gesy – News-Cy: A reader’s appeal for justice

There are nurses who work in care of the elderly or other settings who have to apply for a subsidiary grant to get them to a liveable wage.

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News-Cy: A Reader’s Appeal for Justice

I have been a registered nurse initially in the UK and now I am a registered nurse in Cyprus and in the 15 years working in Cyprus in ICU, surgical, medical, and A&E departments to name a few, I have had two pay rises in this time even though I have continued to gain a Masters’ Degree and other updating skills and certificates. 

I have friends and colleagues who work in private clinics who have not had pay rises in years. You won’t find many foreigners having been employed by the government hospitals since the waiting list for government jobs increased approximately 15 years ago, any who do were employed before this time.

There are nurses who work in care of the elderly or other settings who have to apply for a subsidiary grant to get them to a liveable wage.

The Ministry of Health and Cyprus union of nurses and midwives, who, we nurses have to pay annually in order to remain on the register as part of our registration obligations, sends out emails and articles on the website about supporting nurses and valuing our service.

The recent email received contains this extract:

Greek: Το COVID-19 αναγκάζει τους νοσηλευτές/τριες να εργαστούν κάτω από μεγάλη σωματική και ψυχολογική πίεση, ειδικά σε περιπτώσεις όπου η έλλειψη κατάλληλου ατομικού προστατευτικού εξοπλισμού προσθέτει φόβο στα εξουθενωτικά συναισθήματα που αντιμετωπίζουν. Χιλιάδες νοσηλευτές έχουν ασθενήσει και εκατοντάδες έχουν πεθάνει από τον ιό. Κανένας νοσηλευτής/τρια δεν πρέπει να χάνει τη ζωή του ως αποτέλεσμα της δουλειάς του και αυτή η κατάσταση δεν πρέπει να ξανασυμβεί. Θα θυμόμαστε τους νοσηλευτές/τριες που έχουν πεθάνει, και ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να τιμήσουμε την απώλεια τους είναι να διασφαλίσουμε ότι η κληρονομιά του 2020 θα είναι ένα ισχυρότερο νοσηλευτικό δυναμικό, με καλύτερη πρόσβαση σε εξοπλισμό, αμοιβές και συνθήκες εργασίας που να αντικατοπτρίζουν την εκτίμηση ότι οι νοσηλευτές/τριες συνδράμουν τα μέγιστα στην περίθαλψη και στη φροντίδα».

If there was sincerity in the words and praise that has been printed by those organisations in recent months towards nurses, surely the ministry and union should get behind all the nurses of Cyprus and as we all have to have a nursing degree minimum entry to the register, bring in a fair and equal salary scale for all nurses not just government nurses.

Reader’s Appeal:

“I write to yourselves in hope that perhaps you could investigate this and maybe take it up with the Ministry and Union.  After all, the GP’s are now earning up to £250000 a year just for having the patients sign to them let alone what they take each day at their offices.  €100 per patient annually X maximum caseload permitted 2500.”

Many nurses in private clinics including some of my colleagues contracted the covid19 virus.  We now have to work with patients from government hospitals in private clinics as they are keeping beds clear in government units.  Also the next phase of gesy will see government hospitals farm out cases to private clinics.  However we private nurses seem to be continually treated as second class.

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