Regional assistance, according to the SMI survey, the reform will not improve the work of doctors or services to citizens

Dr. Pina Onotri

Rome, 30 June 2022 – “The new regulation on models and criteria for the development of local assistance has recently been published in the Official Gazette, after a long process of approval. The focus of the system will be the health district in which the community house plays an essential role, where citizens can obtain assistance throughout the course of the year. 24 hours a day every day of the week. The reform will come into effect next July 7 and will represent a real revolution in Italian general medicine and healthcare. It will be interesting to see how 50,000 general practitioners think about the reform. Has anyone implicated them, has they questioned them?” Pina Onotri, general secretary of the Italian Doctors’ Union (SMI) asks to present the survey, commissioned by her own union and targeting doctors, about regional aid reform.

“Now it is clear that the narrative of heroic doctors in the period of the pandemic was only ceremonial, but in essence, the government and policy did not change their attitude towards doctors, who were neither recognized nor intended to have sufficient resources, like other European countries. Growing the first front of the National Health Service, they are preparing, this summer, to face the many wave of Covid, with retirement approaching, with the pace of work increasing dramatically as younger generations flee the profession.

For these reasons, we launched a public survey among clinicians on regional care reform. The survey was conducted from June 15 to June 21, 2022; More than 500 doctors answered. The questions were simple: We asked if the new reform was known, and if he thought it would improve services, assistance to citizens, and the work of doctors. The question was raised about gender equality in the medical profession in the face of the fact that female doctors now make up the majority of the profession.”

“It is clear from the survey that the best informed physicians are mostly general practitioners, 52%, 27% are retired, undergraduate, INPS, 12% are service medicine, 9% are for regional emergencies. 90% of responses believe reform will not improve jobs or services For citizens. This data gives insight into how those who should implement it understand this reform.”

“In recent months, with the discussion on the Recovery Plan and Resilience and Ministerial Decree 71 and now DM 77, we have started from the assumption, given the experience of the pandemic, that the development of the Territory performance of the health care offer for citizens, homogeneous from the north to the south of the country, is no longer It can ignore more protections for professionals. Therefore, a regional aid reform that does not invest in human capital and thus in physicians risks becoming merely a health-building process.”

“Furthermore, the reform of regional assistance not denied to women, focusing on effective policies of equal opportunity bearing in mind that, for the first time, in 2019, the bypass of female physicians in this category has been approved, the risks do not take into account how they have The medical profession has changed in recent years.Onotri concludes that there is a need to invest in medical personnel both in economic terms and in terms of protection to prevent desertification by the NHS.

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