The CCOO union has denounced the “lack of professionals” suffered by Primary Care Emergency Services (SUAP) of Las Lagunas, in Mijas, and in the Arroyo de la Miel, whose provision “is seriously compromised” before the “collapse” of these centers in summer.
As announced this Tuesday, the situation suffered by these centers has even forced “evacuation of patients from the emergency waiting room of the Las Lagunas Health Center, do not have the presence of doctors to provide proper medical assistance.
From the union they have highlighted that this is due to “lack of planning and scheduling of shifts of the doctors and other deficiencies denounced by the SUAP professionals in their letter” sent to the address of the Costa del Sol Health District.
In this way, the health workers denounce “the high care pressure in a collapsed Emergency in summer, where users suffer a delay of up to 3 hours to be attended; ambulances without medical personnel or uncovered shifts of doctors in the Emergency service”.
This situation has led tomany professionals resign their contracts and go to other health centers or districts”, as the one on the Costa del Sol has “a workforce currently reduced by work overloadthe high shift changes and the strenuous complementary days, which are causing anxiety to its professionals with a deterioration in occupational health and the prevention of occupational risks in an essential service”.
Thus, the professionals in their letter request “termination of medical management and the person in charge of coordinating emergencies in the health district” in the face of a problem that “is not new”, as they have pointed out from the CCOO, since “more than two years ago we attended and reported the same events” because “it was forced to the nurse and the technician to assume from the Coordination Center and from the Emergency Coordination of this district”. In addition, they had to “go to the home notices to report the situation in which the urgent care applicant was, that is, they were pressured to assume functions of the doctor without the proper training and protocolization, as occurs with 061, which it does have this type of nurse/technical units”.
For this reason, the union has demanded that “once and for all, the Costa del Sol health district solve the SUAP coverage problem, in an area that also has the increased emergency care numbers of the entire province of Malaga and Andalusia”.
In this sense, the union proposes measures such as “physician loyalty with long-term contracts and proper planning.
In the letter addressed to the health district, it is stated that many professionals have informed the “medical management and the Emergency Coordinator” of the “coverage problems and other deficiencies” of the SUAP of Las Lagunas and Arroyo de la Miel, being the highlights “the loss of professional shift schedulinguncompensated resolved incidents, non-loyalty of professionals with acceptable contracts, unresolved care pressure during open center hours or ambulances with permanent breakdowns”, among others.
Regarding the organization of work, the professionals indicate in their letter that “four months before the summer period, we were asked to vacation shifts so that from the direction and coordination the templates and schedules could be adjusted”, lamenting that “in the past few days there have been events that have even caused discovered by doctors an emergency service”.
After that, they criticize that “from the district leadership they begin to request shift changes from SUAP Arroyo de la Miel professionals and complementary sessions in Lagunas” alleging “service needs” or “situations arising”, which has generated an overload of toilets.