The Hospital Emergency Department in Zielona Góra is accepting patients back. – On Friday, we suspended admissions for a few hours after most of the employed paramedics and nurses submitted sick leaves – said the spokeswoman of the University Hospital in Zielona Góra, Sylwia Malcher-Nowak.
For several months now, paramedics in various parts of Poland have been protesting against low wages and poor working conditions. Some of them go on sick leave, others submit their termination notice in protest. The situation is dynamic – shortages are signaled from time to time in different regions.
In Zielona Góra, in turn, paramedics and nurses from the hospital emergency department delivered sick leaves on Friday. – The source of this situation today are, unfortunately, top-down decisions, which, among other things, resulted in the pay rises for employees working in the state rescue system, i.e. driving ambulances. On the other hand, paramedics, for example those working in hospitals, were forgotten. Today, most of our emergency and nursing staff have provided sick leave, so work in the emergency department is very limited, or even paralyzed – said Sylwia Malcher-Nowak, spokeswoman for the University Hospital in Zielona Góra.
The HED and trauma center resumed admissions on Friday night and are now operating normally. – On an ad hoc basis, we sent medics from other departments to work there, we are also helped by young doctors and three people from outside – two soldiers and a nurse from the hospital in Cibórz – the spokeswoman said on Saturday.
Ambulances of the state medical emergency system can be directed to the hospital without any problems, but due to the limited staffing of medical personnel, the clinic is in constant contact with medical dispatchers managing the ambulance traffic.
On Friday, the clinic appointed an internal team to solve crisis situations and asked for help from the Lubuskie Voivode, the voivodeship marshal and the National Health Fund. As a result of Friday’s arrangements, temporarily, when the SOR suspended admitting patients for several hours, they were referred to other hospitals in Lubuskie with such departments. Malcher-Nowak said that the situation at the HED should fully return to normal in the middle of next week, when the paramedics and nurses from this department are to return to work from the layoffs.
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