“The requests by doctors specializing in emergency rooms and 118 testify to the difficulties that the emergency and urgent medicine sector is going through, with great shortages of staff and inhumane work shifts. The availability, in this regard, shown by the Minister of Health Schillaci is an important signal: Politics is finally opening up to a serious and concrete confrontation to solve the problems of citizens and those who work to support a high level of quality of our National Health Service. This was stated by Barbara Cittadini, National President of the Association of Italian Private Hospitals Aiop, regarding the emergency protest and 118 health workers, who responded to the initiative promoted by the Italian Society of Emergency Medicine (Simeu) to demand targeted interventions in Italian emergency rooms.
And Cittadini adds: “In Italian hospitals and emergency rooms, the situation is very sensitive, and a significant shortage of medical and nursing staff prolongs waiting times and reduces the quality of care provided to patients. The availability of beds is becoming increasingly limited and it is difficult to ensure adequate planning of interventions, due to the lack of ambulances available in the structures and the poor regional coverage of first aid.”
The Aiop chief shares the proposals put forward in this regard by Fiaso, the Italian federation of health and hospital companies, which demands higher salaries for those who work in the emergency room, the hiring of interns, and the institution of the only emergency doctor. I hope – stresses Citadini – that the government will invest enough in terms of resources and planning. It is necessary, with a great sense of responsibility, to manage these and other critical issues affecting healthcare, such as the high cost of services, medicines and personal protective equipment, construction and technological modernization of structures, digitization, reduction of waiting list times, non-covid patient care, outsourcing for services. Aiop, which represents the private law component of the NHS, is ready to support this renewal process. We make our professionalism, structures, knowledge and equipment available to help ensure, along with a common law component, an outstanding healthcare offering.”
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