Min­is­ter’s can­cer test plan rapped

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Doc­tors rounde­don Health Min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Kourou­b­lis yesterday af­ter he sug­gested that can­cer suf­fer­ers should be made to pay for part of their treat­ment if they failed to un­dergo pre­cau­tion­ary tests.

“It is not fea­si­ble for politi­cians to im­ple­ment their own makeshift schemes when medicine has gath­ered such ex­per­tise,” said Dim­itris Var­navas, head of the union rep­re­sent­ing na­tional health sys­tem doc­tors (OENGE). He sug­gested that hav­ing can­cer was “enough pun­ish­ment” for fail­ing to un­dergo pre­cau­tion­ary checks.

Kourou­b­lis said he plans to make four types of tests to de­tect can­cer in men and women com­pul­sory. He in­sisted that his aim is to heighten aware­ness about the dis­ease.

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