For more than a year, Ms. Jana has been waiting for an operation that would relieve her excruciating back pain. The Motol hospital, where she is scheduled to undergo surgery, has already canceled two appointments at the last minute. Another patient always got priority.
Ms. Jana has had back problems for a long time. Because of the excruciating pain, he regularly takes medication to help reduce the pain. Surgery would permanently help her from the problem.
Because of this, Jana signed up for spondylosurgery at the Prague hospital in Motola. There, the doctors were supposed to perform an operation on her spine, which would help with the pain. Jana walked through the hospital’s doors for the first time last October. And he’s been waiting ever since.
The operation was supposed to take place in June this year. But the hospital canceled the operation at the last minute. The reason at that time was the occupation of doctors who were dedicated to oncology patients. So she got a replacement date for November.
But it didn’t work out the second time either. “An hour after the cancellation, the nurse called us and started making excuses that they allegedly had an accident at night and that because of this they don’t have rooms or anesthesiologists, so no one should put me to sleep,” complained Jana.
However, the management of the hospital stands behind this postponement of the operation. “If the operation was really postponed due to an emergency operation on another patient whose life was in danger, the doctors made the right decision,” said Pavlína Danková, spokeswoman for the Motol hospital.
However, Jana was not satisfied with such an answer. “But it’s still like this. We have to drive 110 kilometers to the hospital, and who’s going to keep paying for gas and tolls? My husband lost his vacation unnecessarily when he took me there,” she added.
He also sees the demands of doctors, some of whom want to refuse overtime, as problems with operations. “I understand that they are also just people, but when a person’s surgery is canceled twice and he is in pain because of it, it makes sense that he is angry,” Jana is angry.
The hospital also deals with overtime that doctors refuse to work. “Negotiations are currently underway with all the clinics. We will not predict the outcome at the moment and will wait to see how the negotiations with the Section of Young Doctors at the Ministry of Health turn out,” said Danková.
The young doctors did not agree with the government. They will meet with the Minister of War: