Nursing Up De Palma: «Here are the tokenist nurses again, this time in Piedmont! At San Luigi di Orbassano, a provision would have been made with a spending commitment of 67 thousand euros to pay three external professionals for three months».
ROME 16 JANUARY 2023 – «Piedmontese healthcare is experiencing one of the most delicate moments in its recent history. In recent days, particularly in Turin hospitals, there has been a surplus of patient visits that the structures are not only absolutely able to support, both due to a shortage of nursing staff which currently exceeds 4 thousand units, and due to structural gaps which are gradually reaching its climax and striking like a boomerang those few health workers who remain stoically “fighting” in the field. Naturally, the most alarming situations are recorded in the emergency rooms.
As part of a situation that continues to be carefully monitored by us, with our local contacts and with the support of reporters who follow the evolution of the story, we are told that only a week ago the Turin hospitals experienced situations that it is an exaggeration to define dramatic.
Mauriziano, Molinette, but also San Giovanni Bosco, Martini, Maria Vittoria, Regina Margherita: the numbers of a “tragic” post-Christmas Sunday, that of 8 January last, are tragic to say the least. 1200 visits to city hospitals in just under 24 hours: this happens on public holidays, with healthcare personnel far short of the needs and requirements of patients.
The health authorities, according to what local reporters always tell us, expect even the worst, with an estimate that could even reach 4,000 daily accesses, only considering the Turin hospitals and not those of the municipalities in the province.
The local press even provides us with the access numbers of a hellish Sunday to say the least, that of January 8: San Giovanni Bosco 192, Martini 112, Maria Vittoria 158, Molinette 180, Regina Margherita 120, Mauriziano 160.
Then there are the provincial realities where the situation is no less serious, such as Chieri, Rivoli, Moncalieri, Chivasso».
We could hypothesize that each of them, an instrumentalist and two room nurses/anesthetists, would cost over 20,000 euros gross, for a total of 3 months of work.
All this to plug the gaps of a shortage of 4,000 health workers in an extremely tried region.
Do you really think that an operating room nurse, hired by public health, today really gets to receive 7,000 euros gross per month?
And then there are the stretchers, the ones on which the patients have to stand, of course, waiting for hospitalization. They are back!
A show that we would never want to tell but which is before the eyes of the community.
This happens, for example, at Molinette, one of the hospitals that is suffering the most from this situation of discomfort, and where, we are told, hospitalization takes even two / four days. You got it right! A patient could be expected to remain on a stretcher for up to four days, waiting to have a place on the ward.
On public holidays, the number of patients who access Turin hospitals, since they cannot find their family doctor available, then increases dramatically.
It is the same healthcare companies that reveal that, in addition to the lack of personnel, there is a lack of beds, at least 180, again in the main Turin hospitals. According to estimates, there is a risk of having to face an emergency that would become unsustainable in the face of that load, mentioned above, of 4,000 patients a day, which the city’s structures are absolutely unable to handle», says De Palma.
So Antonio De Palma, National President of Nursing Up.
«As often tragically happens, to plug the gaps of the lack of personnel, decisions are taken that are questionable to say the least. As is happening at San Luigi di Orbassano where, they tell us it is a reality but we are verifying it, a resolution would have provided for a spending commitment of no less than 67 thousand euros to insert, for a period of three months (December 2022-February 2023), three figures of specialized operating room nurses.
Without taking anything away from the professionalism of these colleagues, according to what we are told, it would be an external cooperative. We are faced with yet another case of tokenist nurses!
What’s up? How is it possible that a healthcare company decides to resort to such an expense, weighing heavily on its budget, and does not imagine, instead, paying the nurses who are already hired under additional services?
These are questions we have a duty to ask ourselves! Let’s try to figure it out.