Emergency room nurses Faro consider themselves “below the danger line”

Union of Nurses attributes responsibility for the “poor supply of health care in the region” to the CHUA administration

"The urgency of Faro would need a minimum of 100 nurses to ensure safety care. There are 75", warns the Regional Directorate of Faro from the Nurses' Union in a note sent to newsrooms this Monday. 

Nurses consider themselves to be “below the danger line”, since the number of visits is around 300 per day.

«At the counter workstation where there should be three nurses, there will be one. In the care to be provided to dependent patients on a stretcher, who may reach 40, where there should be four, there may be only one», the note also reads.

According to the professionals, the Covid area implied the need for three more jobs, and, when the pediatric emergency closes, the nurses of the general emergency also give support to the colleagues of that service.

In the note, the nurses of the CHUA emergency service also alert the population to the degree of "exhaustion, motivated by the high pace and volume of work, associated with 7600 hours carried out since the beginning of the year", which will have as a consequence "long waiting time for nursing care and there may be situations in which they may not arrive in good time», it reads.

Due to the situation in which they are working, in the last month there were seven nurses who asked to be discharged, some overnight, «due to lack of working conditions and recognition for the effort and professionalism they have always shown».

The Sindicato dos Enfermeiros attributes the responsibility for the «poor supply of health care in the region» to the CHUA administration, stressing that it is «disgraceful the inertia of the administration that, for months, does not discuss proposals for solutions with the partners».