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Archives April 17, 2013 posted by

Millions in taxpayers’ money still being wasted

DESPITE the credit crunch, taxpayers are still footing the bill for projects that have yet to get off the ground, or for wasteful public organisations.

The National Health System (NHS) is one such venture that is a project on paper only. But so far €24m has been spent on the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), the vehicle set up with the mission to implement the scheme. The NHS was supposed to be up and running by 2008; the date was later pushed back to 2012 and then again to 2015.

In her report for the year 2011, the Auditor-general notes that the lion’s share of expenses at the HIO consisted of a series of feasibility studies commissioned for the NHS. Other expenditures are for salaries (the HIO employs around 60 persons) and rent for premises.

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Archives February 22, 2012 posted by

Cypriot schoolchildren collect for Greece

CYPRUS continued to lend a helping hand to Greece with schools islandwide yesterday holding fundraisers to collect money for its students in need.

House Education Committee head Nicos Tornaritis started the initiative, which was then approved by Education Minister Giorgos Demosthenous,.

“Most of us and the majority of yours and my parents got some of the best and most significant things out of Greece… our education,” said Tornaritis, addressing students and teachers at Archbishop Makarios III gymnasium in Platy Aglandjia yesterday.

Tornaritis pointed out that Greece has also sent millions of free books to Cyprus over the years.

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Archives December 8, 2011 posted by

Unregulated treatment abroad cost millions

  • THE HEALTH ministry is ridden with administrative and structural problems which hinder ‘performance and flexibility’ and increases costs, the auditor general said in her 2010 annual report.

The ministry spent almost €43 million in 2010, about €7.3 million more than the previous year. 

A major part of this increase was attributed to money spent on “specialised and expensive cases”.

One patient sent abroad cost the state $1.0 million (close to €748,000) while ten cases cost between €200,000 and €850,000 each, Yorkadji said. 

Yorkadji said that part of the problem was that there were no direct agreements with hospitals so that the state could properly check on the services provided. 

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