Outsourcing threatens Emílio Ribas service, say officials

Health professionals at the institute protested this Thursday, 27, for hiring via public tender and against precariousness

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Professionals from the Emílio Ribas Institute protested against the outsourcing and precariousness of the health unit

The largest infectious disease study center in the country is the Emilio Ribas Institute. Over more than 100 years of history, the hospital remains a reference in the treatment of infectious diseases and has played an important role in the fight against various epidemics, especially Covid-19. In addition to service, the institute trains professionals through residency in infectology. However, the hospital, which serves at SUS, has experienced serious problems. At the beginning of the year, resident doctors and nurses protested against the lack of professionals and asked for the opening of a public tender, which had not happened since 2015. After a lot of pressure, the tender was opened, held and approved. However, the 89 professionals already appointed have not yet taken office. Therefore, workers from the institute held a demonstration this Thursday, 27. At the hospital’s door, professionals occupied the first lane of Avenida Dr. Arnold. Protesters also question the institute’s total outsourcing. Currently, only a few areas are outsourced.

In an interview with Young Pan News, the president of the Emílio Ribas physicians association, Éder Gatti, questions the purpose of a possible outsourcing: “The State paid for this public tender for physicians, paid for it, we have selected professionals who have already chosen a vacancy, just call to to work. But now, at the end of the government, they announce an outsourcing of the emergency room, the ICU and the wards on an emergency basis. Since there is already a professional chosen to work”. The state management says that the process is in the Civil House and is just waiting for the governor’s seal. For professionals, precariousness would bring precariousness in the qualification of professionals, who currently enter the institute through a contest and proof of residence. “We know that in this emergency outsourcing process there is a high turnover of professionals at the end. Professionals often do not have the proper training to work in such a service and the quality of care drops. So, the question remains: Who is interested in this outsourcing?”, declared Gatti.

The hospital has been under renovation for 8 years and since then, space and staff have been reduced. Now, with the possibility of reopening and expanding beds, professionals fear not being able to meet all the demand. “Two entire governments went by and they didn’t manage to finish a project. They spent more than R$ 200 million in this process of this work, which is incomplete. It will be left to the next government to finish this work. Due to the work and the lack of professionals, they have closed beds. And now the solution is what? Deliver to the private sector and to entities governed by private law”. In the protests, professionals also allege excessive workload and lack of preceptors. In a note, the institute said that the Sao Paulo’s State Government authorized public tenders and the hiring of 206 professionals is in progress, including doctors, technicians and nurses. The text even though the Secretary of State for Health will continue to ensure services, structures and human resources to guarantee assistance to the population.

*With information from reporter Camila Yunes

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