Zemaj: If doctors continue to be insulted, their departure is inevitable
The non-dignified treatment and underestimation of the professional work of doctors is a clear indication that if they continue to be insulted, their departure is inevitable, say health professionals.
The former Minister of Health, Armend Zemaj, said that if there is no intervention in a short period of time to improve the conditions for health professionals, Kosovo will face a shortage of doctors.
According to Zemaj, the waiting list is already a disturbing phenomenon of receiving services precisely because of the managerial incompetence of Minister Rifat Latifaj and the Government.
“The non-dignified treatment and lack of appreciation of the professional work of doctors that is happening in this Government is a great irresponsibility and is a clear indication that if they continue to be insulted, their departure is inevitable. For a year and a half and more, they have been attacked in various ways without any legal protection from the Ministry of Health and without any advancement in this direction”.
“In a short period of time, if there is no intervention in improving the conditions and evaluating their work, Kosovo will face a shortage of doctors. The waiting list is already a disturbing phenomenon of receiving services in university clinical centers and regional hospitals precisely because of the managerial incompetence of this minister and this Government”.
“Surgeries for months do not work. As for making the deadline, it seems that the end of 2023 is now in the queue at KKUK. We are facing a health collapse”, said Zemaj.
Infectologist, Shemsedin Dreshaj has shown that there is a lack of nurses and drugs from the essential list because the budget has been reduced in the Ministry of Health, stressing that it is a matter of mismanagement.
According to him, 120 doctors a year graduate from the Faculty of Medicine, while only last year 200 doctors left.
He adds that this trend of flight, based on the large number of those who will retire, is not an indicator of the future, reports EO.
“It is true that there is a lack of nurses and medicines from the essential list because the budget is also cut in the Ministry of Health. At the moment, the information coming from the regional hospitals is that they are not satisfied with completing the essential list in relation to the requirements”.
“The production capacity of the Faculty of Medicine is somewhere around 120 doctors per year, while the export capacity last year for 12 months was 200 doctors. If such a trend continues and at the same time let’s not forget that we are a significant new number before pensions. The outlook is not good. I think that this is about mismanagement and lack of work”, said Dreshaj./EO