The retirement of two doctors and the vacations of another leave the staff of the health center at a minimum and unleash neighborhood complaints
The lack of doctors in the Pozo Estrecho health center this summer has unleashed complaints from neighbors, who have to wait an average of ten days to be seen by a doctor in person, as THE TRUTH has been able to verify. The retirement of two of the four there were and the vacations of another have left the workforce at a low level. The only doctor left now must take charge of the almost five thousand cards assigned to the center, something that has caused discomfort among the neighbors. They demand the restitution of professionals, to improve the quality of care.
This medical center has four general practitioners, two pediatricians and four nursing professionals. Before the beginning of the summer, two physicians retired and the other two assumed the cards.
“This can not be. We are five thousand neighbors and a single doctor cannot take care of all of us. Luckily many are now in their second summer homes and there are fewer people in town. If this happens in winter, I don’t know what would have happened, ”the president of the Pozo Estrecho Neighborhood Association, Sonia Montoya, explained to this newspaper.
The SMS will replenish the places
From this group they also complain about the attention in administration, “because we call and nobody picks up the phone, despite the fact that many times they hardly have a job,” added the neighborhood representative. Now they have requested a meeting with the Murcian Health Service (SMS), to demand that they complete the template as soon as possible, “but it will not be possible until September.” Sources from the Health Area II of Cartagena indicated that “the places are already filled, although they have not yet been awarded by the SMS.”
His complaint is very similar to that of dozens of patients in Cartagena these days. The difficulties in making a face-to-face appointment by phone, because it communicates or does not pick up, and through the internet, because the web fails, has unleashed a barrage of criticism. For this reason and also because of the delays accumulated by many doctors, which in some cases range from fifteen to twenty days.
Delays in Primary Care always occur after holiday periods, for example, after Christmas, Easter and summer. At that time, doctors took days off and vacations and their patients passed to colleagues. By having to attend to patients on two lists, long waits are generated in most cases.