The medical association cancels staff changes at Couva hospital
Janelle De Souza
The TT medical association criticized the changes in the management of medical staff treating covid19 patients at Couva hospital and in the multiple training center.
The organization’s public relations manager, Keegan Bhaggan, said: âWe do not support the approach of the leadership of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) which only leads to demoralization of health workers, in particular. those leading the frontline fight against covid19 at Couva hospital and at Multi -Installation training at this crucial time.
The United National Congress (UNC) first raised the issue in a virtual press conference on Thursday. UNC Cumuto / Manzanilla MP Dr Rai Ragbir said the transfer of senior doctors was straining the shadow healthcare system. He also blamed the move for high occupancy rates and said this may have been a factor in the government’s declaration of a state of emergency.
In an immediate response, the NCRHA issued a press release saying the doctors were not transferred but turned to rest and avoid burnout after working at the covid19 facility for more than one year.
He said Dr Don Martin, Couva’s chief of medical staff, made several requests to NCRHA CEO Davlin Thomas.
âThe request, which was made about two weeks ago, was followed by a meeting with the Director of Health (NCRHA), Dr Malachy Ojuro, where Dr Martin again expressly reiterated that doctors should be turned over and reintegrated into the parallel system to avoid the burnout that he felt was generalized among doctors at Couva hospital, especially with the increase in the consumption of positive covid19 cases.
âSubsequently, another discussion took place with the CEO of NCRHA, and the executive management team made the decision to facilitate the appeal to ensure that the facility’s doctors were turned for. mitigate the effects of fatigue on patient care. â
However, Martin later said he was not recommending senior management rotation at this critical time when so many people are sick and hospitals are overwhelmed. Instead, the suggestion was made last year when the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths was much lower.
In a statement released Friday, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar called on Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to open an official investigation into the case.
She said the UNC had learned that the rotation system should be reserved for junior doctors and not for senior members; that ârotationalâ doctors were the most qualified to treat covid19, including an infectious disease specialist, a specialist nephrologist, a specialist pulmonologist and consultants; and that Martin and the others were kicked out against their will
âAs Trinidad and Tobago battles its third wave of the deadly virus and our infection rate is in the hundreds, it does not make sense to remove the team of seasoned specialists from the main battlefield of this. fight against covid.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the TT Registered Nurses Association said it was time to get Thomas out of the RHA. He asked Deyalsingh to appoint a qualified doctor or nurse for the post, or let East RHA CEO Ronald Tsoi-a-Fatt fill the post until a suitable replacement is available. find.
âTTRNA is reminded that a similar attempt was made last year to move the nursing administrator and bring in a junior nurse to manage the Couva facility. It is a model that nurses and doctors have seen and reported to the association. When you disagree on a clinical point with the âboss,â who has no medical or nursing training, your distinguished resignation from that position is certain.
The statement also expressed support for medical professionals, saying the move had demoralized all nursing and medical staff as they had worked as a tight-knit team for over a year.