'High staff turnover' re­ported at Dé­nia hos­pi­tal

Pa­tients 'un­likely to see the same con­sul­tant twice' at an­nual check-ups'

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UP TO SIX in 10 con­sul­tants at Dé­nia hos­pi­tal have been there less than three years and a very high num­ber are only in their 20s, re­veals a health­care pro­fes­sion­als' union.

The chances of pa­tients see­ing the same doc­tor twice on an an­nual ap­point­ment are 'very re­mote', claims SIMAPPAS in its re­cent re­port.

Over­all, 40% of medics have only been work­ing at the hos­pi­tal since 2015 – when changes to com­pany pol­icy wors­ened em­ployee con­di­tions, lead­ing to es­tab­lished con­sul­tants leav­ing in droves and hav­ing to be re­placed.

But in some spe­cial­ist ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly high-pres­sure de­part­ments such as A&E and in- ter­nal medicine, the num­ber of new­bies is closer to 60%.

SIMAP-PAS says pa­tients with chronic con­di­tions or a clin­i­cal his­tory who need to at­tend six-monthly or an­nual check-ups in car­di­ol­ogy, di­ges­tion, neu­rol­ogy, pneu­mol­ogy and en­docrinol­ogy, among oth­ers, are un­likely to see the same con­sul­tant twice.

They have to in­tro­duce and ex­plain them­selves and their his­tory all over again at ev­ery ap­point­ment, the union crit­i­cises.

In gen­eral, prac­ti­cally all the staff taken on within the last three years are very young, usu­ally newly-qual­i­fied – which means they have the ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm nec­es­sary which older doc­tors may lack, but have lit­tle or no ex­pe­ri­ence.

This is es­pe­cially the case in de­part­ments where the work­load and stress lev­els are high.

SIMAP-PAS is con­cerned this is a sign of very high staff turnover.

Its re­port claims the sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar in other pri­va­tised hos­pi­tals in the re­gion, or those run ac­cord­ing to the so­called 'Alzira model', in­clud­ing Vi­nalopó-Elche hos­pi­tal.

Alzira hos­pi­tal, of­ten hailed as a bea­con of suc­cess­ful med­i­cal man­age­ment, was de-pri­va­tised in April and the re­gional gov­ern­ment says the oth­ers will even­tu­ally all fol­low suit.

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