COVID: GPs work to rule citing 'collapse' of health systems

Call for boost to services, fresh hirings

(ANSA) - ROME, 18 NOV - Italy's family doctors started a work to rule on Wednesday saying the local health systems across Italy had suffered a "collapse" due to COVID-19.
    Th general practitioners and paediatricians said "in this second phase of he pandemic we are witnessing not only a collapse of hospitals and ERs, but also the collapse of local services".
    They asked for general-medicine services in local areas to be boosted, as well as fresh hirings of general-medicine doctors, night-duty doctors, emergency and penitentiary doctors and paediatricians.
    The work to rule was called by the following doctor union organizations: Federazione CIPe SISPe SINSPe, Fp Cgil Medici e Dirigenti SSN, La.Pe.L, SIMET, SMI, and SNAMI.
    They represent some 45% of Italy's GPs.
    Italy's medical services are under sever strain amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. (ANSA).


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