Egyptian Doctors Syndicate slams media for endangering medical staff

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Dec 2014

Doctors Syndicate has charged the Egyptian media with blaming health care providers for the inefficiency of the country's health care system

An Egyptian patient walks in front of doctors on strike in 2011 demanding raise in their wages (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian Doctors Syndicate blamed the media on Wednesday for endangering nurses and doctors all over the country as assaults on medical staff have been on the rise.

“The Syndicate holds the Egyptian media accountable for all assaults that have happened to medical staff; as it has been holding doctors accountable for the inefficiency of Egypt’s health care system,” a statement by the syndicate issued on Wednesday read.

The statement condemned the latest assault that took place in Cairo's Nasr City hospital late Tuesday as a patient has attacked a member of hospital staff after the patient’s family was barred from paying them a visit during non-visiting hours.

Assaults on doctors have been on the rise since the 2011 uprising, with doctor’s syndicate long demanding a law that protects health care workers from assault.

Amr El-Shoura, a member of the Doctors Syndicate council told Ahram Online that patients and their families find no one but doctors and nurses to blame for the Egypt’s health care issues.

“These days, the Egyptian media is promoting the idea that doctors are the problem behind health care in Egypt, while this is not the real issue,” highlighted El-Shoura.

He then stressed that one of the real issues is that hospitals are unsafe, both from in and outside of their premises.

The government has yet to stake any steps addressing the syndicate’s demands.

Egyptian doctors have consistently demanded raising the national health budget to enhance health care standards. The syndicate deems the health budget - currently at 1.75 percent of the state budget - too low. 

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