Famagusta hospital is in immediate need of reinforcements as doctors and paramedic staff are at risk of exhaustion, the House Health Committee heard on Thursday.
According to committee chairman Costas Constantinou, the number of doctors and paramedics must be increased as the exhausting schedules they are currently following is dangerous for them and the patients.
He also noted that there are no more than two or three doctors per clinic and that "these doctors cannot take any annual or sick leave, attend seminars or claim any other rights that their colleagues at other hospitals can enjoy".
The issue was raised following a proposal by MPs Stella Kyriakidou and Soteris Sampson and will be discussed with the Finance Committee in order to increase staff and introduce a new organisation chart.
Constantinou said there were staff shortages despite the sectors of health and education excluded from the freezing of public sector recruitments imposed due to the financial crisis.
Akel MP Christakis Giovanni said the doctors that are posted at Famagusta hospital immediately request to be transferred due to the remote location and small size of the hospital, while he congratulated current staff on their efforts to carry out their excessive work load.
Akel Famagusta MP Yiannakis Gavriel added that the problems have been underlined by a number of MPs in the district and that there is an immediate need to staff the hospital particularly in light of the summer season when almost one million tourists visit the area.
Edek MP Roula Mavronicola stressed that the situation is unacceptable as it put at risk the health of doctors and patients.