Doctors threaten to quit Žilina hospital

FIFTEEN of 19 doctors of at the internal medicine department of Žilina Faculty Hospital have given their notices to the hospital pointing on lack of beds and bad hygiene conditions in the department, the SITA newswire reported on March 3.

Peter VisolajskýPeter Visolajský (Source: TASR)

"There is situation that patients have waiting list for shower and some of them take it around 3:00," head of the Doctors’ Trade Union Association (LOZ) Peter Visolajský told the press on March 3, as quoted by SITA. "This department has 96 beds while there is at least 100 patients every day; doctors have to look for some beds to accept and take care about patient every day." 

Notice period of doctors will last for two months and they approached Health Minister Viliam Čislák, President Andrej Kiska and Public Health Authority with request for help.  

They have been pointing on bad conditions for four years, they sent numerous mails but no answers have came, the doctors say. In fact, they have been dealing with burden of managerial failures because they are responsible for each patient in both moral and legal way, according to Visolajský.

The Health Ministry responded that it sees claims of Visolajský as spreading alarm and it considers state of the department as result of bad management of its head Renáta Oláhová. The number 96 beds for 29 doctors is above standards, according to ministry's spokeswoman Martina Šoltésová.

She added that hospital received donation €590,000 for reconstruction of the department which should begin on June 1. One of 15 doctors already canceled their resignation notice, SITA reported. 

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