"We are devoured, they insult us daily": the agonizing cry of the toilets in the Canary Islands

“We are literally being devoured by the healthcare pressure that this wave of coronavirus is causing. We are not only being eaten, we are in an agonizing situation,” denounces Dr. Ana Joyanes, spokesperson for the Association of Primary Care in the Canary Islands. “We lack the strength, we lack the resources and this is reaching an unsustainable situation,” denounces Joyanes, noting that some colleagues see up to 96 patients in a working day. “These are figures that cannot be controlled, you cannot be working with this pressure,” he adds.

The Canary Islands continue to add thousands of people infected daily by coronavirus. According to the latest Health count, 2,584 new cases of the disease have been recorded this Monday, 485 people are treated in the ward and 68 have required admission to a bed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In the last twenty-four hours, four people have died in Tenerife and two in Gran Canaria, although the problem lies in the number of positives and close contacts that collapse Primary Care.

“Insults and disqualifications are the order of the day at the doors of health centers,” denounces Dr. Joyanes

“Verbal attacks are the order of the day, you only have to go to the doors of a health center. The insults that are heard, the disqualifications,” denounces the spokesperson for the Association of Primary Care in the Canary Islands. “There are people who cannot understand that we are attending within a consultation even by phone,” explains the spokesperson who warns of the consequences that the collapse of primary care in the Canary Islands may have for patients with other pathologies in the future.

Healthcare personnel are overwhelmed by the number of patients who come to health centers and hospitals with symptoms of Covid-19 every day. “Patients who come with more or less mild symptoms related to the coronavirus, we do administrative activities that do not give any value such as obtaining the Covid certificate, withdrawals, discharges, we do not have to use a doctor to give information about a positive or a negative or to fill out a paper, concludes Joyanes

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