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Island's health services tragic.

OPPOSITION DISY DISY Dimokratikos Synagermos (Greek: Democratic Rally, Cyprus)  deputy Eleni Theocharous yesterday called the island's health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  a tragedy after Cyprus slipped from 13th to 21st place in the Euro Health Consumer Index.

Speaking at a news conference, Theocharous, a doctor said: "The information provided by the report is indicative of the tragedy in Cypriot healthcare.

Theocharous said the report, published in November evaluated the quality of health services for 33 different areas.

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 the DISY deputy.

She said these included the rights of patients and information for citizens, the waiting time for access to health services, the subsequent results, the range of services available and the accessibility to them. It also included pharmaceutical coverage.

"Of the 33 indicators assessed in the Euro Health Consumer Index, Cyprus has a good rating in six areas, moderate in 11, poor in 13 important areas," she said.

These included times and waiting lists for surgery, diagnostic tests and hospital-acquired infections Hospital-Acquired Infections Definition

A hospital-acquired infection is usually one that first appears three days after a patient is admitted to a hospital or other health care facility.
, eye surgery and dental care.

No information was provided in another four areas where services are inadequate, she added. These included mammography mammography, diagnostic procedure that uses low-dose X rays to detect abnormalities in the breasts. The early diagnosis of breast cancer made possible by the routine use of mammography for screening women increases a woman's treatment alternatives and improves her  and services for cancer survivors Cancer survivors are those individuals with cancer of any type, current or past, who are still living. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) pioneered the definition of survivor as from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life, a person diagnosed with  who had reached the five-year benchmark.

Theocharous said that while the Minister of Health himself often shrugged off the many problems and shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.

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 of his staff of his Ministry, it was the general attitude of the Government in its treatment of many of these problems that was disturbing.

She referred to extensive information on a number of problems that she herself and her party had identified, saying that multiple complaints were received daily.

Government services had reached the limits of their capabilities, and while the private sector was providing easier, faster and more effective services, it continued to be too expensive for the majority of Cypriots, she said.

"The Ministry of Health has so far failed in its objective to reorganise itself and this is due to its persistent refusal to the Ministry of Finance to cooperate," she added.

"Patients are suffering unimaginably when resorting to emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  with waiting times of up to 15 hours to be ensured a bed."

With regard to the treatment of cancer patients she said the situation was drastic, with the Oncology Centre having reached its limits of strength and capacity, while its counterpart at the Limassol Hospital was understaffed.

The Euro Health Consumer Index's top ranked countries were the Netherlands, Denmark, Luxembourg and Sweden.

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Date:Feb 7, 2009
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