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Rome – Ten doctors leave Italian hospitals every day. Those who can afford to go abroad, some prefer the private sector, and there are even those who apply for the general practitioner competition because they believe they have a more peaceful life. Then there are the “tokenists”: those who go to work in the cooperatives that health companies turn to to fill gaps in the workforce. Otherwise, the ‘privileged’ doctor earns €110 an hour, working less than he did when he was on the ward as an employee. Figures have been collected by the Physicians Management Association Anaao Assomed. “The terrible years of the pandemic have exacerbated this phenomenon, but now the outflow seems unstoppable,” says National Secretary Perino de Silverio. If in 2022 we count seven doctors who quit each day, this year the number is closer to ten. Attention, I am talking about those who leave by choice, not because they retire.
The consolidated figures show that the “great flight”, which is in fact a phenomenon that also affects other sectors and not only in Italy, has more pronounced characteristics in hospitals. Between 2019 and 2021, 21,000 doctors have left Italian hospitals. This figure handled by Anaao Assomed included 12,645 retirements, including early retirement. However, the study indicated that 8,000 left by choice, quitting, mainly in health facilities in southern regions, such as Calabria, Sicily and Liguria, but also in Lazio, Lombardy and Liguria.
Massimo Magnante, who has been on the front lines for many years, chief physician of the Romanian emergency room and president of the Spes union, says: “Unfortunately we are facing the effects of twenty years of cuts in health care. The first to suffer are those who work in emergency rooms, but internal medicine departments are also suffering now. This is torture, let’s not be surprised if the hospital doctors quit. Either the national health system must be retrained, or we may also declare that we can no longer provide a system that is universal, fair and fundamentally free. But this second option is not acceptable.
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