The Independent Doctors’ Union (SIM) is giving guidance to its members so that, in protest against the “excess of tasks” resulting from the covid-19, they present to the heads a declaration of exclusion of responsibility for clinical errors.
According to SIM, which announces this Sunday, October 18, the initiative on its website, reproducing the model of the declaration, “the reality that is currently experienced in institutions providing health care”, such as hospitals and health centers, is based on by the “scarcity of human resources and exhaustion of existing ones”.
“Failing to reveal the so-called reinforcement of medical human resources, SIM is giving guidance to its associate doctors to present their protest and disclaimer”, addressed “to their direct superiors”.
On September 2, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, announced the publication of tenders for the hiring of 950 new doctors for the National Health Service (911 in the hospital area and 39 in public health).
When signing the declaration, the doctor remits the responsibility for any clinical errors and damage to patients, as a result of the “recurrent situation of excessive tasks under his responsibility”, to “from whom the determination of the provision of work in the predicted manner emanated, as well as as for the other hierarchical superiors involved in the respective delivery, transmission and execution ”.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and almost 40 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French news agency AFP. In Europe, the number of deaths exceeds 250 thousand. In Portugal, 2,181 people died from 99,911 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.