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Factsheet for case CY-2020-12/369 – measures in Cyprus

Requisition of doctors and nurses

Επίταξη Γιατρών και Νοσηλευτών

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 19 March 2020 – 30 April 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Case created 08 April 2020 (updated 06 May 2020)

Background information

The requisition of doctors and nurses by the Republic emerged with the increasing number of people, medical and paramedical personnel of the public and some private hospitals and medical centers infected by the coronavirus COVID-19. The provision is found in the Decree 107 of the Quarantine Law, Chapter 260 issued on the Thursday 19 March 2020 by the Minister of Health for the protection of public health and the health care system.

On Wednesday 8 April, the President of the Republic announced the decision of the Cabinet to extent all the measures taken by the Degrees of the Minister of Health up until 30 April 2020. The Minister of Health undertakes, currently, a legal and technical processing of these measures.

Content of measure

The measure provides the requisition of all doctors and nurses, registered in the Medical Record and the Nurse Record, accordingly, during the starting day of the implementation of the Degree. According to the Decree, all doctors and nurses are under the instructions of the Minister of Health and carry out the tasks assigned to them during the implementation period.

The names of the commanded doctors and nurses will be posted on the website of the Ministry of Health and will be informed by other means as well that the Minister will decide.

Doctors and nurses in the vulnerable groups, as defined by the Ministry, will carry out other duties of the Ministry of Health or will be excluded from duties according to the judgment of the Minister.

Use of measure

Payment is irrelevant with this measure. According to the the Health Statistics of the Statistical Services of Cyprus (2017), the number of doctors working in private and public hospitals is 3,388 and the number of nurses in private and public hospitals is 3,387. The number of registered health professionals in their respective health associations, however, might be higher but it was impossible to communicate and confirm it with the associations probably due to restrictions of movement for the prevention of the spread of the virus.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in care facilities
Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

No consultation proceeded this decision of the government

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health professionals

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Requisition of doctors and nurses , case CY-2020-12/369 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.