Doctors to stage one-day strikeBy Athena Karsera

GOVERNMENT doctors will stage a 24-hour strike on November 20 and with the threat of more to come, it was announced yesterday.

The decision follows a demonstration outside the House of Representatives and a four-hour stoppage from 11 to 3 pm on Thursday.

Union of Government Doctors President Dr Stavros Stavrou told the Cyprus Mail the decision to stage a one-day strike was taken because the union believes there is no longer any room for discussion.

He says that the health sector is full of problems and the government has refused to discuss the difficulties state doctors have faced for years.

Dr Stavrou said patients would not be in danger during the strikes as teams of doctors will be selected to treat hospital patients, casualty and emergency cases.

If the strike action does go ahead as planned, no rural health centres will be in operation because their doctors will be joining the selected teams who will be working.