Mea­sures fail to cut back surgery wait­ing list

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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.

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