“The situation in Belgian hospitals is critical, the health care staff are on their gums and the spread of the virus has shown no delay at all for the time being,” write GIBBIS, Santhea, UNESSA and Zorgnet-Icuro. Together they represent all Belgian hospitals. A lockdown is the only way to limit a collapse of our health system.
The organizations say they are very concerned about the evolution of the second wave: “With a few minor nuances, all predictions are going in the same direction: at the current rhythm, the maximum capacity of the intensive care will be exceeded in 7 to 10 days. they will then be obliged to make choices. One patient will then receive better care than another. There will be no other alternative. ”
Health care workers at the end of their strength
We are working hard on solutions: temporary capacity is being set up in car parks, residential care centers propose to take in patients from hospitals … Available space or beds, however, are not the main problem. However, the staff to take care of the patients. There is a staff dropout rate of 20 to 30%. Some hospitals even have peaks of up to 40%. A recent study also shows that 70% of health care workers are at risk of burnout. The organizations complain that this situation is no longer tenable.
Reinforcement of the lockdown
On the eve of a new meeting of the Consultation Committee, the organizations are asking the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister to strengthen the current “lockdown measures”. According to the hospitals, that is the only way to stop the spread of the virus.
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