The Ministry of Health Imposes Night Shifts On Private Doctors

date 2017/08/07 views 384 comments 0
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icon-writer Abderrahim. B. /*/ English Version: Med.B.

The Minister of Health and Hospital Reform, Mokhtar Hezballoui, issued an urgent instruction to the 48 health directorates urging that all night shift clinics in all specialties, without exception, should be required to receive urgent health cases, stressing that this instruction will be effective as from the 7th of August 2017.

The aim of the directive is to lessen the heavy pressure weighing on public hospitals and to ensure the provision of proper health services to the Algerian citizens who are forced to move to  these private clinics often at night, especially those related to obstetrics, thus making the citizen in front of wider hospital options.

The ministerial directive included strict penalties leading to the closure of failing private clinics in case of non-compliance of this injunction by the medical and paramedical staff through the  rotation system. 

The Health Ministry also opened the door wide to those protesters among the medical staff regarding the absence of security in their clinics, by allowing them to rotate in public hospitals so as to strip them of any argument to this effect.

The instruction came to ensure wider health care for the hapless citizen and to relieve some of the leverage on the Department of Public Hospitals, especially the obstetrics department in light of the huge shortage in the human resources witnessed by this health service across  various hospitals in the country.

In anticipation of the responsiveness by health specialists and private clinics to this ministerial injunction, which undoubtedly serves public health, the professional conscience and civil sense of private physicians will ensure the success of this project, which is enshrined by the legal articles pertaining to the promotion of the national health system issued in 1985.

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