Measures fail to cut back surgery waiting list
By Jo Wickman THE REGIONAL government’s attempt to shorten surgery waiting lists by offering doctors and nurses financial incentives has not had the desired effect thus far.
Aware of the inconveniences that numerous patients suffer daily from having to wait for operations, the regional government decided to implement a measure whereby the medical staff was given the option to work afternoons and/or weekends in exchange for financial bonuses.
After the measure failed to generate much interest at all, the government increased the financial incentives to €309 for doctors or surgeons and €200.9 for nurses for four-and-a-half hour shifts. Now, although some specialities have registered certain amounts of movement, worker union representatives are still warning of the overall failure of the measure and the lack of volunteers to conduct these overtime procedures.
They warn that even though operations for most specialities were initially scheduled, areas such as traumatology have ceased being in effect. Doctor union CESM representative Andrés Canovas explains that ‘operations in some specialities are still being cancelled’, and adds that the Hospital General in Castellón and the La Fe in Valencia are the centres where the plan is having less of an effect. A serial burglar was arrested in Gandia this weekend after months of dodging police. The 31-year-old Spaniard broke into two bars in August and a bakery in October, making off with large quantities of cash and cigarettes. He forced entry to the premises overnight, detectives say. According to National Police, the thief has an existing criminal record and is likely to be remanded in custody.