What is wrong at the hospital?? The "arztezeitung" has made public details of a dispute between two doctors, who were punished, and the management of the company. The dispute will occupy the courts, it is a political issue – and perhaps only the tip of the iceberg.
On thursday, the supervisory board of klinikum gmbh dealt with the events at the hospital, which have not only caused unrest at the hospital itself since the end of february, but have also met with a rude public response. 2385 citizens supported a petition for the establishment of an epilepsy center at bayreuth hospital.
The background is that the dismissed senior physicians are experts in epilepsy. In bayreuth, without them, "basic care" would not have been possible the hospital has stated in a press release that it will ensure the safety of its patients, but that they will have to go to the university hospital in erlangen for treatment – something that not only the parents of children suffering from epilepsy consider unacceptable. They have founded the self-help group "epilepsy bayreuth" brought to life.
The gap in care arose because the hospital had acted after an apparently long internal dispute: the couple, a pediatrician and neuropadiologist, as well as a neurologist, who had been working at the hospital for several years, were dismissed. According to his own account, he cared for up to 700 adults, while his wife took care of 200 patients at the pediatric clinic. Now care in the region is no longer assured, criticize several pediatricians and adolescent doctors.
The safety of care at the hospital was apparently also the issue that concerned the doctor and his wife. The doctor had repeatedly pointed out a lack of quality – internally. This went so far that, according to information from the editorial office, the neurologist filed an internal danger report in the summer of 2017.
All the way to the ministry
With this instrument, doctors or nursing staff can signal to the hospital management that they fear they will no longer be able to fulfill their tasks. The specific accusation of the doctor couple: there was a lack of personnel in the neurology department, the cases of wrong EEG diagnoses had accumulated.
Because the hospital did not respond, the supervisory board and other bodies, including the ministry of health, were informed. The dispute escalated and the doctors were dismissed because, in the opinion of the management, they had "spread untrue allegations and had harmed the hospital.
The hospital commissioned expert opinions that refuted the physicians’ accusations. "The safety of patients is in no way at risk", it says in a statement of the clinical center. The experts had confirmed that not every EEG finding had been correct; however, these cases were within the "normal fuzziness". The supervisory board expressed its confidence in the management of the hospital on thursday.
Criticism comes from gunther jonitz, president of the medical association in berlin. He refers to the "arztezeitung" to a series of incidents at the hospital and speaks of poor management and "leadership failure".