Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015

Parties are optimistic about solution shortage medical specialists

Sint Elizabeth HospitalWILLEMSTAD - The Association of Medical Specialists Curaçao (VMSC) and the St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) are optimistic about a solution to the shortage of specialists.

The specialists are working on a vision document for a new set of specialist care at the hospital, says VMSC president Alexander Saleh. Currently the hospital is failing to attract enough specialists.

The VMSC is against the plan to require specialists to work as an employee at Sehos. The ability to establish themselves as independent must continue, says Saleh.

Besides the salary, VMSC proposes to create partnerships with departments at the hospital.

The association had a meeting this week with Minister Ben Whiteman of Health, Environment and Nature. Saleh regrets that no concrete result has been achieved, but he is still optimistic.

One of the problems that plays in the short term is the looming departure of the two interventional cardiologists. Thus the newly opened catheterization laboratory would come to a standstill. The specialists are demanding a million guilders per year.

Sehos’ acting Medical Director, Franke Scheper confirmed that talks with both cardiologists are still ongoing. He expects that there will soon be a positive outcome of the negotiations.

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