Medics at the Limassol general hospital A&E have alerted the state doctors’ union Pasyki that the unit is understaffed but jam-packed with patients who cannot receive quality care, it emerged on Monday.
“In their effort to accommodate patients, doctors are forced to examine them on stretchers and on chairs in the hallway, and oftentimes while they are standing,” said a letter sent to Pasyki dated 23 March by medics at the Limassol general hospital’s A&E.
The doctors highlighted that the examination of patients must be done on hospital beds and in special examination rooms, not only for the safeguarding of patients’ personal details but also so that doctors can calmly take the correct decisions and offer the appropriate medical care.
Doctors raised the issue of the “exceptionally tough reality that the unit is facing, operating this year with four doctors less and with the consequent impact on patients.”
The unit is also operating with only 16 beds and this means there are not “enough available beds for the examination of patients which flock in daily with serious or life-threatening health problems”.
On a daily basis, the doctors said, the unit is brimming with patients needing inpatient care, but who cannot be admitted into hospital rooms since they are also at full capacity, leading to patients in critical conditions often waiting two days until they can be admitted for proper care.
The doctors added that the issue of patients needing specialised care but being treated in the A&E due to lack of space breaches their insurance coverage, as they are not legally covered to treat patients of other specialties.