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Surgery patients in hot water as eight anesthetists quit Saqr Hospital

Surgery patients in hot water as eight anesthetists quit Saqr Hospital

“The Zone has managed to put the ‘emergency’ situation under control by finding instant alternatives and persuading one of the anesthetists to withdraw his resignation at the critical surgical unit of the Hospital.”



By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

Published: Fri 12 Jun 2015, 1:51 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

Ras Al Khaimah – In a big setback to patients due for surgeries, eight anesthetic staff, including four specialists and four technicians, have recently submitted their resignation at one time at the Saqr Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah.

One of the four specialist anesthetists was due for pension while the others wanted to quit for unidentified reasons, reportedly for better packages at other hospitals, Khaleej Times has learnt.

However, the RAK Medical Zone immediately took action and initiated the recruitment procedures of two consultant and specialist anesthetists, and managed to convince one of the quitting specialists to return to work.

Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director of the RAK Medical Zone, said they have made unremitting efforts over the past few days to deal with the unexpected eight resignations of the anesthetic specialists and technicians.

“The Zone has managed to put the ‘emergency’ situation under control by finding instant alternatives and persuading one of the anesthetists to withdraw his resignation at the critical surgical unit of the Hospital.”

Resignation is a regular phenomenon that takes place at any institution, including medical facilities, he underlined. “Patients need not worry at all, as everything is under control, and alternative competent staffers have been secured.”

Dr Yusuf Al Tair, General Manager of Saqr Hospital, said the new appointments will develop a solution to the resignations in the coming days. “Of course, some patients were delayed for their surgeries due to the unexpected move of the anesthetic staff.”

Some medical sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told Khaleej Times that the resigning anesthetists got better job offers and more lucrative packages at other hospitals and health facilities in other emirates.

Saeed Salem, an Emirati patient, blamed the anesthetists for his delayed operation. “No one ever can simply quit without at least a one-month notification so that the management concerned can easily find a suitable alternative.”

Mohammed Rashid, an Egyptian patient, said the quickly appointed anesthetists have saved the situation.

“However, some operations were delayed due to the unexpected resignation,” he added.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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