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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-13/374 – measures in Cyprus

Utilisation of graduate medical and nursing students

Αξιοποίηση Τελειόφοιτων Ιατρικών Σχολών και Νοσηλευτικής

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 23 March 2020 – 30 April 2020
Context COVID-19
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
Measure added 08 April 2020 (updated 07 May 2020)

Background information

The measure is issued among a bundle of other measures for the protection of public health and the health care system with the Decree 32(1) 2003 of the Quarantine Law, Chapter 260 of the Minister of Health. Taken the increasing number of the medical and paramedical staff of public and private hospitals and medical centers infected by the COVID 19 coronovirus, the measure intents to make the best use of the graduates students in medical and nursing studies for the staffing of public hospitals in need that accommodate victims of the virus.

  • 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

According to the Decree, the Minister of Health have the capacity to use volunteer graduates of medical schools, in their four-years or six-years of study, and graduate nursing students studying at the Cypriot Universities, if and whether the Minister considers it necessary.

  • According to the Decree, the Minister of Health have the capacity to utilize volunteer graduates of the medical schools, of four-year or six-year of study, and graduate nursing students studying at the Cypriot Universities, if and whether the Minister considers it necessary.

  • Apologies for the duplication but no further details are available and the system doesn't allow to submit the case with less than 100 words.

Use of measure

The measure is on volunteering base and there is no payment provisions.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
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



Views and reactions

It is a decision of the government and no consultation proceeded.

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



Eurofound (2020), Utilisation of graduate medical and nursing students , measure CY-2020-13/374 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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