Following a previous complaint from the Balearic Medical Union, the labor inspectorate last summer urged primary care management to take urgent measures to avoid overloading health centres. In addition, it forced the administration to require psychosocial reporting in all outpatient clinics, as required by the 1995 Occupational Risk Act, which none had yet complied with.
Simable’s spokesperson on the matter, Iñaki García, assured that in most of the centers where these studies have been conducted, the results show not only the workload “and how it affects the health of the doctors”, but ” Organizational problems too”. He indicates that the worst-case scenario is that “corrective measures are not being taken.”
Due to not knowing the complete map of occupational health of doctors of different health centers. For example, it is already known that the occupational risk at Architect Benasar is “very high” at 71%, so “the administration must act there,” says García. With results like this, “containment technicians propose corrective measures through preventive planning,” and although they are still recommendations, “the law obliges the employer to fix the measured risk,” the expert says. .
However, it seems that IB-Salut is hiding behind the fact that, until all reports are made, it will not function, and the labor inspection period does not end until the end of June.
According to Iñaki García, doctors are being sent questionnaires about their level of pressure or amount of work and what their role is in the labor organization. However, there can be pressure so that some results don’t come out. “The health administration is putting sticks in the wheels because it is not interested in knowing that most of the centers are overloaded.”
On the other hand, occupational risk experts assure that the current problem comes from afar and not as a result of the pandemic as stated. «I have been after this subject for two or three years. Already I gave an image from the agenda of a primary emergency physician (SUAP) to a labor inspector, where it was clearly seen that in one hour and twenty minutes he had 45 emergencies and three addresses, some unmanageable and completely from out of question to reason”.