Roshal: Novosibirsk should not haste to improve its healthcare system

19.05.2016

The Novosibirsk region should not be in haste to improve its healthcare system, says Leonid Roshal, President of the NMC, Director of the Research Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology. You should first set up professional standards for HCPs and improve their qualifications, —he said to journalists in Novosibirsk.

Leonid Roshal. Novosibirsk

"No need to force improvements. I ve discussed the matter with the governor, Vladimir Gorodetsky. We need to thoroughly examine the experience of those regions that have implemented optimization and mergers, not always approaching them thoughtfully. Those initiatives were not really accepted by the public "— he said, calling stupid those multiple lay-offs.

According to him, ill-considered optimization will affect both patients and healthcare professionals. "They have abolished the dental office, and patients now have to go 3-4 bus stops to get to a dental clinic. People (medical staff) have worked for 30-40 years in healthcare to just hear good-bye . Where are they supposed to do now? Mop floors? And they are struggle with their lives while we having an extreme shortage of specialists, — he commented.He said that the deficit of qualified people raises as high as 40%.

DrRoshal stated that the NMC is working on continuing distance vocational training to professionally retrain district primary care physicians, pediatricians and general practitioners. The project aims to ease the acquisition of knowledge, which will be beneficial to overloaded HCPs. The system will also help all to efficiently deliver new and rapidly changing information.

The President of the NMC believes that HCPs need to be encouraged to strive for professional growth. HCPs should possess the highest category and the highest category of mentors who will be entitled to sign accreditation documents for admission to the profession,"—he explained.

The regional Ministry of Health had early announced the need in optimizing the healthcare system in Novosibirsk. Large medical unions are intended to be established in Lenin, Kirov, Oktyabrsky, Dzerzhinsk, Zaeltsovsky districts and in the town of Berdsk, which, according to the authorities, will help centralize procurement, and save on salaries and facility repairs.

Source: TASS

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