A chance to visit a place probably/hopefully unique in the whole universe.




The major point to remember in Cyprus is that hospital staff are in fact civil servants.
As with most countries, the application of the word "civil" can only be viewed as the clumsiest of irony, and normal servants exhibiting such behaviour would be swiftly dismissed or, better still, guillotined.

Virtually all promotions in Cyprus are on the basis of seniority (exclusively in terms of years) varied by meson or else delayed by unpopularity, thus little or no aptitude for the various hospital tasks is demonstrated or indeed desired, age and/or an ability to use the system being paramount.
Qualifications beyond the basic were rare, or else viewed as an exercise in "rocking the boat" and thus discouraged but recently degree disease has infected Cyprus (as well as the rest of the world) and so your nurse is likely to be overqualified rather than the reverse - but still in many cases essentially useless, based on the worldwide decline of the caring professions that corresponded with their supposedly improving qualifications.

Those who highlight the inadequacy of their fellows by the quality of their own performance are swiftly ostracised** (or else sidelined) by those colleagues for this anti-social and frankly inconsiderate behaviour.

It is no surprise that the standard Greek greeting is yia sou or literally "health to you" since in Cyprus being ill can be a very bad idea indeed.    Having said this, after the Mid Staffordshire scandal, feeling poorly in the UK may well be even scarier although admittedly the standard of excuses for your needless death is marginally higher from what is amusingly called in the UK the health authorities.


*Degree disease the phrase used to describe the process of replacing people who can actually do the job with people who are "qualified" to do the job in question with the proviso that they have no ability or desire to highlight the inadequacies of others by actually doing so.


**In ancient Greece, individuals whose popularity or power was felt to be a potential threat to the democratic process of the Assembly could be sent away for ten years without loss of property.
The process was named after the pieces of pottery used in the voting process on which the subject's name or initial was scratched. (Ostrakon – a piece of a pot.)
The penalty for an early return was execution by hemlock, although half a pan of macaronia dou fournou and sending them jogging would have been just as effective and tasted a lot better