Friday, March 31, 2023

Pennsylvania hospital grapples with doctor shortage

Photo | Ruben Dario Lopez Londonno | LA PATRIA / The waiting room at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pennsylvania remains as it is due to a shortage of doctors. There is also the problem that patients who cannot keep appointments tend to cancel them and take away opportunities for others.

A shortage of doctors at San Juan de Dios Hospital (HSJD) leaves Pennsylvania residents in dire health condition. Till date, only two doctors are attached to the Urban Health Institute.

“At this time we cannot make appointments for consultations, because we do not have enough medical personnel to take care of all our users,” said Carmenza Buitrago, HSJD’s administrative and financial head.

Obviously, after the lockdown caused by the pandemic in 2020, recently graduated doctors do not want to go to work in cities and prefer to wait for job opportunities near the department capital or their place of residence.

Despite the fact that calls have been published for several months, on social networks and on hospital pages, professionals do not want to work in Pennsylvania. One possible reason: “because it’s too far away”.

Admittedly, physicians prefer to live in the city, where specialists are close at hand. In HSJD they also report that, although many respond to calls and job opportunities, many of them inform a day in advance that they will not show up and thus the problem persists, much to the dismay of the administrators of this establishment. Gets out of hand. ,

Buitrago indicated that the shortage of doctors is not due to low salaries, as the institution has made a great effort to provide health professionals with a decent income; Plus they get paid safely and on time in Pennsylvania.

in rural areas, with services

Although the problem arises for medical service in an urban area of ​​Pennsylvania, “service in the corregimientos of Arboleda, Bolivia, Pueblo Nuevo, and San Daniel, where many residents of rural areas go, is guaranteed with one permanent doctor and one replacement.” for.”

It is known that “if they show up to do the Rural Year and do not accept the designation, they may expose themselves to sanctions by the National Superintendent of Health,” Buitrago concluded by saying.

The hospital has new calls open, but it will wait until February to evaluate all applicants who have applied and thus attempt to resolve this contingency.


A year ago, a doctor hired by the San Juan de Dios Hospital turned out to be a liar. He impersonated another health professional, so the institute likes to study applicants’ resumes very carefully: “We like to verify all the information,” said Carmenza Buitrago, the care center’s administrative and financial head.

in the voice of society

Photo | Ruben Dario Lopez Londonno | Homeland

“When I requested to meet over phone, the hospital told me via WhatsApp that the agenda is completely full due to lack of availability. When I went in person, they asked me to return as there is no appointment. I have needed counseling for several weeks. I don’t know which way to go now, my illness could get complicated”, said María Nelly Quintana.

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