Teresa Benedito, Secretary General of the SEMG.
“I resigned this year. In fact I have no residents, because in my health center, out of five doctors who work, there are currently three. It is not a consequence of medical leave or Covid-19, but because that Primary Care has been abandoned for many years and we find ourselves in a critical situation, “he explains.
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So with two fewer colleagues (one left on a transfer and another left public health to go private), and in view of the fact that its strengthening summer, a graduate preparing to appear for a second once in the MIR, going in August, decided it was not the time to have a resident. “I don’t think I can train the situation in the health centerhe said.
He resigned “with all his heartache”
And that resignation became “with all the pain of the heart.” “I had a lot of fun having the residents. I love it. But It is not feasible to consult with this overload and be responsible for the formation of an MIR. That’s why I refused. ”
“Health centers are overcrowded. There is a very important increase in cases in the young population. A very important effort must be made to ensure that this population can be vaccinated, which is very vulnerable at the moment,” he says. They are now treating them, like the rest of the Covid cases, which are added to the other pathologies. “In the last month I have met three patients from the office diagnosed with cancer“He explains. His priority is to carry out the consultation. And if this is not achieved during the working day, in which home notices and emergencies are added, he will be less able to devote himself to training.
The Covid pandemic changed everything
He had a resident two years ago. The MIR had to end during the pandemic. “Until then I had a lot of fun with your year of residence. It is very enriching to be a tutor. It makes you study, try a lot more. It is very rewarding. “But in March, with the Covid-19, everything changed. They were without the tracker figure until months later.
“The MIR residence was cut off and they were referred to the hospital to attend to emergencies. The rotations were stopped. There was a break,” he says. The resident could not benefit from this period of training, which he is stipulated to have do. That was before and after. Primary Care physicians are experiencing many very harsh consequences. The overload multiplied and even the right to have options after a year of hard work. There is a lot of emotional burden, both in consultation with deceased patients and at the family level. It was a very tough year for the health staff in which we made a great effort and knew very little, ”he says.
For her, to ensure that doctors remain in Spain and that working and economic conditions improve It is essential for GPs to commit to continuing to teach residents in the future.
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