Saturday, April 1, 2023

Strike by nurses, assistants and orderlies in health centers: “Early diagnosis of cancer is under threat”

professionals of Community Health Center of Madrid Take another step in the fight against the management of Isabel Diaz Ayuso Day which extends to all categories of primary care. There are nurses, assistants and orderlies Thus they have combined the demands More family doctors propose to join the indefinite strike in the coming days. Doctors have warned that delay in appointments, lack of personnel and material resources is putting the lives of citizens at risk.

“fall down affects early diagnosis of oncological and non-oncological diseases”, condemns Victor Jiménez, a nurse who has supported the strike this Thursday from the MATS, AME, AFEM and CGT union. The president of the Madrid Nursing Association also points out that the shortage of personnel is headed for a Drop follow up of many patients with chronic diseasessuch as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a respiratory disease, something that “puts the patient at greater risk in the future.”

The strike is organized in two two-hour pauses, from 12:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 20:00. People from the neighborhood have gathered at the doors of the health centers at 1:00 am and 6:30 pm to support these mobilisations.

The public health situation in Madrid has been defined in recent days in terms of crisis. If the situation was stressful for professionals before the pandemic, now—they say—it is untenable. In many health centers, doctors bemoan the workload and never having more than three or four minutes to see each patient. Meanwhile, nurses say they have been forced to “leave their offices to devote themselves to administrative work”.

Madrid is the community with the fewest toilets per inhabitant

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the Community of Madrid is the region with the fewest professionals by number of inhabitants: there are 4,607 doctors in primary, of whom 3,670 are family and 937 are paediatricians, according to the National’s annual report. health system. What’s more, there are 0.68 family doctors and 0.5 nurses per 1,000 residents. It also remains the sector that allocates the least amount of money to this sector, with 10.7% of total health expenditure on this level of care.

The coordinating bodies call for the items to be increased “until it reaches 25% of total health expenditure excluding pharmaceutical expenditure”, and in a global calculation, they say that 7.5% of GDP should be allocated to public health. should go.” They stress on the fragility of the 80 Continuous Care Points (PACs) to be reopened and the Primary Care Emergency Services (SUAP). Furthermore, they recall the uncertainty faced by centers in rural towns, some of which do not even have a doctor to consult.

Jiménez lamented that “the same people always get hurt” and noted that the fallout was concentrated in the upper south. Vacancies for sick leave, retirement and dropouts, combined with the sheer volume of the population, cause the longest waiting lists to be concentrated in this area. There users have to wait up to a month to see their doctor or nurse.

Health minister avoids meeting for talks

For their part, family physicians they will continue the indefinite strike In the absence of proposals from the Ministry of Health. This Wednesday AMYTS sources confirmed this after a three and a half hour meeting with members of Enrique Ruiz Escudero’s cabinet. Thus, the Ayuso government continues without giving solution for toilets.

After being on strike for eight weeks, the counselor Ruiz Escudero refused to talk face-to-face with the doctors. It is your team that talks to the committee. Cabinet’s latest attempt to pacify the proposals, a pilot scheme that plans to establish a 10-minute per-patient schedule for family medicine, with a maximum of 34 per day and 15 minutes per patient with a maximum of 24 daily in pediatrics is, is still not booted The AMYTS union accuses the regional government of propaganda and defaming public health.

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