The Oncology Service of Eivissa and Formentera declared it Very Difficult to Cover

Oct 2, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ Currently, the Oncology Service of the Hospital Can Misses has an approved staff of five positions, but only one physician provides service.

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The Oncology Service of Eivissa and Formentera

\ The declaration of very difficult-to-fill positions in the Oncology Service of Can Misses will be valid for four years.

The Consell de Govern has declared the positions that make up the Oncology Service of the Health Area of Ibiza and Formentera of very difficult to fill, under the Decree Law 5/2023, of August 28, on urgent measures in the educational and health fields. This Decree establishes that when there is a structural deficit in the provision of positions -and whenever there is an urgent and peremptory need for coverage that prevents guaranteeing the portfolio of services in the corresponding health area-, the general director of the Health Service may propose to declare certain positions, posts or functions as very difficult to fill.

The declaration of positions that are very difficult to fill in the Oncology Service of the Hospital Can Misses will come into force in October and will be valid until September 2027. The Government of the Balearic Islands declares the five positions of the Oncology Service as very difficult to fill, recognizing in the concept of complement for these positions the amounts of 1,000 euros per month during the year 2023 and 1,650 euros per month from January 2024 until September 2027.

Decree-Law 5/2023, of August 28, states that in recent years there has been a clear undersupply of specialists in medical oncology on Ibiza. This has meant that both patients and professionals -the latter voluntarily- have had to move between islands to receive and provide health care.

This situation inevitably creates a situation of iniquity for patients who suffer a double insularity, since they see their access to a health care service that should be guaranteed compromised. In the same sense, the lack of specialists has been very pernicious since it has not always been possible to guarantee something as fundamental as continuity and stability in the relationship between doctor and patient. This is especially serious in the case of diseases whose treatment process can last for several years.

Currently, the Oncology Service of the Can Misses Hospital has an approved staff of five positions in the FEA category. Of these, there are only two positions covered by permanent staff, and one of them has been on sick leave since July so that only one physician provides 100% service. This situation of understaffing has become chronic, especially in the last year, with the consequent impact on the quality of care for cancer patients in Ibiza, which, as mentioned above, has a negative impact on the entire care process.

With the declaration of positions that are very difficult to fill, the Government is taking a further step to attract new professionals and increase the workforce as soon as possible.