“All hands on deck” for NHS launch, problems to be expected, Health Minister says

All personnel working at the Cyprus Health Insurance Organisation will be ready this weekend to deal with any problems which may arise by the launch of the National Health Plan (NHS), Deputy Manager Athos Tsinondides told the Cyprus News Agency, on Friday.

At the same time, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, acknowledged during a press conference that there are problems and obstacles the NHS is faced with at the launch of its first phase tomorrow, but said that steps are taken to resolve a number of them while more time will be needed for others.

Addressing the press conference, together with representatives of all trade unions and employers, the health insurance organization and patients Ioannou said that particularly during the first months of NHS implementation, there will be problems and obstacles. We are aware of this and we are expecting this.

He added that a number of them have already been foreseen and steps are been taken in order for them to be resolved immediately should they arise. Other problems, he noted, have been identified but some time may be needed in order for them to be dealt with and to shape the NHS we envisioned which will serve all citizens and health professionals.

He pointed out that every time a new reform is implemented problems would arise but assured of a will and determination in place to deal with them.

The Health Minister urged everyone to rise to the occasion, be patient and understand the importance and necessity of this revolutionary reform for society as a whole.

In his statements to CNA earlier, Tsinondides expressed readiness for the implementation of the reform and optimism that everything will run smoothly.

In the meantime, the organisation has prepared alternative solutions in case the software is not available. Health services providers are already briefed about an alternative operational plan which will be implemented in such a case, he said.

The organisation, Tsinondides said, encourages users to enter the training environment and use the system so that they can become familiar with it, adding that it is expected that such familiarization will take place in a short timeframe. He urged everyone, health services beneficiaries and providers to be patient.

Our support team, he noted, will stand ready to deal with any difficulties which may arise.

We are very optimistic for this launch to a new era, he said, adding that it is something which we have been waiting for many years and we worked hard for.

The first phase of Cyprus NHS is set to be launched on Saturday, June 1, 2019 with the provision of outpatient care while its full implementation is scheduled to be launched on June 1, 2020.

Source: Cyprus News Agency