The president of the Southern Regional Council of the Medical Association denounced this Saturday the conditions of the Obstetrics Service of the Setúbal Hospital Center that caused the director of the Service submit the resignation.

Pinto de Almeida made the place available on Saturday, due to the constant lack of professionals, which forced the emergency to be closed this week.

In statements to TVI, the representative of the Professional Order underlines the seriousness of the situation, noting that the hospital The hospital, in the Obstetric Emergency, “is at risk of collapsing”.

“Right now, for the number of doctors who should be in emergency care, we have less than half”, revealed Alexandre Valentim Lourenço.

The Order also warns of the departure of some professionals of retirement age during this year and the next, which could even dictate the end of this service at the Hospital de Setúbal.

“Most of these doctors are over 60 years old, they shouldn’t be making banks and continue to do two to three emergency services 24 hours a week, to guarantee a minimum opening of the hospital”, he says, stressing that this is a problem. it lasts for several years.

Valentim Lourenço also refers that the pandemic “was an excuse for not doing anything”.

“This is a situation that we have known for three or four years and now that the pandemic is ending, we see that the situation is not the same, it is worse than it was before”

Contacted by TVI, the hospital says that despite the difficulties in the service, it is expected to function normally over the next few days.

The obstetrics emergency at the Hospital de São Bernardo, in Setúbal, had to close on Wednesday for 24 hours, due to the lack of doctors in this specialty, said a source from the communication office of the Centro Hospitalar de Setúbal at the time.

“The Setúbal Hospital Center and the hospitals in the Setúbal Peninsula are working together,” said the communication office, explaining that the pregnant women were being sent to the other two hospitals in the region, namely the Garcia de Orta Hospital, in Almada , and the Barreiro Montijo Hospital Center.

On Thursday, the Independent Union of Physicians (SIM) stated that the lack of professionals in the obstetrics emergency at the Hospital de São Bernardo, in Setúbal, is a “chronic” situation, which “not only remains, but has worsened “.

“Out of a staff that should be dimensioned for 23 doctors, there are only 11. Of these, eight are over 55 years old, but they continue to work together in emergencies”, said YES, in a statement, revealing that it is expected that until the end this year, retire five doctors.

On the same day, the Medical Association expressed “great concern” with the lack of human resources in the obstetrics emergency at the Hospital de São Bernardo, in Setúbal, warning that the safety of pregnant women in emergency situations is at risk.

“The board of directors [do Centro Hospitalar de Setúbal] has not clearly assumed the need to contact CODU [Centro de Orientação de Doentes Urgentes] and to inform the population that they do not have resources and are trying to mask and put their heads under the sand to a situation that can endanger the health of a mother or a baby at the time of childbirth”, said the president of the Southern Regional Council of the Medical Association, Alexandre Valentim Lourenço.

The doctors’ representative said that the obstetrics emergency needs “a minimum of three specialists present” to be able to work open to the outside and with childbirth, however, “in exceptional cases, the Order allows there to be two specialists and one intern from recent years “.


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