In a significant turn of events, numerous hospitals across the Czech Republic are bracing for a drastic reduction in the number of surgical operations in December. This situation arises from a wave of doctors resigning from overtime duties. Compared to last year, the reduction could hit tens of percent, posing a grave healthcare challenge for the nation.
Strain on Hospital Operations
Some hospital directors have expressed concerns about potential limitations in acute care. Major teaching hospitals in Ostrava and Brno will be particularly affected with approximately one-third of the physicians not available for work beyond regular hours. This situation is expected to cause a delay in up to a quarter of scheduled surgeries. In Pilsen, ten percent of doctors have stepped back from overtime, which may lead to an impact on outpatient services, but not surgical operations.
Reduced Operating Mode
In Kolín, the resignation from overtime work by about one-third of the physicians has necessitated a switch to a reduced operating mode in several departments. Starting Friday, this change is anticipated to particularly affect some pediatric outpatient clinics and result in patients being rescheduled for after the new year. The hospital in Motol is facing a decrease of approximately twenty percent in planned surgeries due to voluntary overtime refusals by about one-quarter of doctors.
Despite the looming crisis, some hospitals have managed to strike a compromise. In Zlín, following negotiations, a compromise was reached that allows departments to operate in standard mode from December 1st. However, there will still be a reduction in planned surgeries by about ten to fifteen percent and limitations in anesthesiology and trauma outpatient clinics.
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