Time has run out – Emergency departments in Italy risk closure

epa07216224 An external view of the Emergency Room of the hospital in Ancona, Marche Region, central Italy, 08 December 2018, where people that were injured in a stampede at a nightclub have been admitted. A stampede at the nightclub 'La Lanterna Azzurra' in Corinaldo, near Ancona, has killed six people and injured more than 100, after someone probably caused panic with a stinging spray. The incident took place at a packed club hosting a concert by popular Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta. EPA-EFE/ANGELO EMMA

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Emergency departments across Italy risk closing due to a lack of doctors, the president of the Italian society of emergency medicine (SIMEU) said Friday.

Ansa reports that the president of the organisation Francesco Rocco Pugliese, said that accident and emergency departments “from north to south, are at risk of closure because the missing doctors are now over 2,000 and they can’t cover the shifts any more.”

Pugliese signed a document along with 50 Emergency Departments’ chiefs containing an “urgent proposal for the next five years” on hirings. It proposes hirings non-specialist doctors, also newly graduated ones, to be taken on at the same time as supernumeraries in the schools of specialisation in urgent medicine.

“Time has run out,” it says. Emergency departments around Italy have been struggling to cope for years.


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