Intersindical Canaria (IC) denounces this Friday the “inability” of the Canary Health Service (SCS) to solve the current care “saturation” experienced by the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (HUNSC), in Tenerife, given the increase of cases by COVID-19 derived from the sixth wave in this pandemic.
Thus, they indicate that the current figures for admissions of covid patients are not only causing fatigue and tiredness of the sector’s professional staff due to work overload, but also, “this hospital sees its care capacity reduced by being forced to suspend non-urgent surgical activity and delay or postpone consultations and ordinary tests”, which will undoubtedly have repercussions in the coming months on the state of health of the population of the island of Tenerife.
“The reality is that, today, there are 6 Hospitalization Units practically occupied by patients with covid, a full ICU, being forced to use the Post-Surgical Recovery Unit to care for critical patients, which forces many to be paralyzed. of the scheduled surgical activity, ”says the union in a note.
Added to this problem is the work on the new Emergency building which, “although it is a demand that has been requested for decades, it is unacceptable that the current expansion works carried out by the Canary Islands Health Service reduce the current space of the Emergency service to care for patients and make it difficult for professionals to carry out their work.”
This work causes situations that are “unfeasible”, they denounce, such as the fact that “children and pregnant women circulate through corridors with crowds of patients in corridors, through the door of the unemployment room, which is inadmissible.”
That is why, from IC, the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands is criticized for not being able to foresee a situation like this in a hospital that is essential for the population of Tenerife.
“It is not understood that the SCS has not been able to anticipate and plan alternative spaces and that, due to this fact, the conditions in which it is working make the hospital scenario even more difficult, if possible, which is already saturated. by the sixth wave, reaching unprecedented limits with the pandemic fatigue to which the staff is being subjected”, he comments.
SOCIAL HEALTH PATIENTS
The union also points out that this situation is aggravated by the occupation of hospital beds, since 90 social health patients with administrative discharge are staying in the complex waiting for the Government of the Canary Islands to find resources to refer them to, “which is inadmissible given this hospital in the current situation.
Likewise, it affirms that “the situation in the physical spaces is such that there is nowhere to attend to the patients, all this with the aggravating circumstance that the regional Executive has not sought a solution for the 90 socio-sanitary patients, who have already been discharged and who therefore lack of an alternative, they continue to occupy hospital beds that could be used by patients who really require it.”
Intersindical Canaria questions that socio-sanitary patients are not referred to concerted clinics or alternatives are sought to install infrastructures, “whether in centers, hotels or wherever feasible, two years after the start of this pandemic.”
In his opinion, “the current Executive is responsible for not seeking solutions to the saturation of care at La Candelaria Hospital.”