Roshal: Novosibirsk should not haste to improve its healthcare system
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.
The founding conference to be held on August 17 will establish a professional non-profit organization Medical Chamber. Local HCPs will create a professional public organization of their own.
Novosibirsk and Omsk welcome Leonid Roshal, Executive Staff Member of the All-Russia People s Front (ARPF), Director of the Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology, President of the Non-Commercial Partnership NMC. The renowned children's surgeon discussed most pressing challenges of the Russian healthcare industry with the medical community, talked to patients about difficulties with obtaining high quality medical aid and conducted a Q&A session.
Underfunding is the major problem. I feel like the financial lobbying is against the healthcare. Healthcare is not amongst the state s main priorities, and the state keeps on cutting the funding. We had the meager 3.7% of GDP, which is now 3.4%. Moreover, our citizens tend to ignore their health. Today we face the lack of people s responsibility for their own health, which results in huge financial losses for both these people and the state. We do treat an alcoholic, who has broken his head, don t we? Why don t we them call them to responsibility?
The city of Smolensk hosted the 5thCongress of the National Medical Chamber. The Congress was prepared by the Medical Chamber of the Smolensk region under the auspices regional governor of Alexei Ostrovsky. The Congress discussed the results of the NMC s activities, and set out new tasks to be tackled by the NMC in the near future.
Today, the NMC is the most powerful association of healthcare professionals in Russia. And I would refer to this Congress as the Congress of Winners. HCPs from 80 Russian territorial entities and from 73 medical establishments all over the country voted for joining the NMC. It took us over 5 years to achieve this goal. Our path was not paved with rose petals; there were opposers to this powerful medical association. Tamed" associations were set up to destroy us,but they all failed. We won because we are not engaging in cheap politics; our party only comprises HCPs and patients. We do real things, and vigorously move towards uniting the entire medical community. They ve tried to instigate the All-Russia People s Front against us, which was clearly seen at the last forum, but they failed—almost three-quarters of the Russian President's instructions were based on our proposals, — said Dr. Roshal.
The National Medical Chamber meets the criteria the medical professional non-profit organizations may be transferred to carry out certain functions in the field of public health protection in the Russian Federation, said President National Medical Chamber Leonid Roshal at the organization meeting of the presidium of the Council.