In a press release sent to Lusa, the PSD said it did not perceive the government’s “passiveness” in the face of deficiencies expressed in recent months, and emphasized that even recently the Independent Medical Syndicate warned that “on average, a day What a week is not there for medical vehicles emergency and resuscitation (VMER) simultaneously in Guarda, Covilhã and Castelo Branco.
“In fact, at the end of last week, the VMER at Pêro da Covilhã Hospital was out of order due to a lack of doctors to ensure relevant work metrics. It seems that those responsible for ensuring an effective response from the health services care more about the succession to the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centro Hospitalar da Cova da Beira compared to with the welfare of users,” said the Social Democrats.
Another issue they cited was the lack of family doctors in the brigade, noting that this is a “chronic problem” that leaves residents, most of whom are elderly, “without any kind of help with illness.”
They added, “The shortage of doctors is clear and notorious in many health centers in the area, leaving residents in a state of insecurity and abandonment.”
On the other hand, the PSD directorate said, “The inability to retain and attract specialized doctors to hospital centers in the directorate is jeopardizing the short-term NHS response.”
According to the district, citing information from Ordem dos Médicos, the local health unit of Castelo Branco has only one obstetrician/gynecologist, aged 65, among its staff.
“As health professionals strive to avoid a collapse of the system, the government of Antonio Costa is showing a complete inability to predict hardships and avoid escalating an increasingly unsustainable problem.”
The Social Democrats emphasized that “chronic gaps do not pass only through the medical class”, and also emphasized that district hospitals and health centers “are in dire need of nurses and other specialized technicians.”
“These professionals are overburdened and work overtime, because the ratios currently in place do not cover the real needs, and the delivery of care is not directly affected by the professionalism and dedication of these elements, but the other side of the coin entails extra effort and physical/psychological fatigue that can lead to other types of the consequences for themselves.”
The PSD directorate also said it was alerted that at Amato Lusitano Hospital, in Castelo Branco, a new “presence monitoring” system, which is mandatory for all workers and operates through facial recognition in the style of a “military base”, has been implemented. . which replaced the biometric system that was previously in operation.
“This new system is causing some internal turmoil, not to mention that facial recognition describes the process of scanning a face and then associating it with the same person in a database. A process that raises at least some questions about ethics and privacy that, like any other database, it is necessary to use it appropriately. Responsible and safe.
The PSD stressed that the regional cohesion argument was “just a buzzword to see,” and demanded action.
“It is time to end the excuses and start offering solutions, i.e. creating really special conditions for health professionals willing to come and work in our area.”
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