18 February 2014 14:53

 NICOSIA - Health Minister Petros Petrides yesterday revealed that the National Health Scheme (NHS) will be implemented in stages from the middle of next year and fully implemented by mid-2016.
Noting that the scheme’s introduction by the end of 2015 had been a bailout obligation, Petrides said “in an effort to avoid possible visible dangers that could occur from the NHS’s implementation as well as the risks involved, the opinions of various international organisations had been sought including the World Bank, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that their opinion had been that enforcing the scheme at this time would be too risky and have “negative social and financial consequences” including increased public spending and the introduction of new taxes.
“So the government will move ahead with the gradual implementation of the NHS to reduce the dangers and ensure its financial viability,” Petrides said, adding that the Troika had agreed to this.


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