The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, began meetings with trade unions and the Order of Doctors in the early afternoon, following the closure of the Gynecology and Obstetrics emergencies in some hospitals in the Lisbon region.
During the morning, the Minister of Health met as clinical directors of several hospitals in the Lisbon region, a source from the Ministry of Health told Lusa.
The meeting took place at the premises of the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (ARSLVT), on Avenida Estados Unidos da América, in Lisbon and Marta Temido declined to comment.
The meeting with the Ordem dos Médicos, trade unions and regional health administrations is taking place at the Ministry of Health, in Lisbon.
At the entrance to the meeting at ARSLVT, in Lisbon, Marta Temido declined to comment to journalists, saying only: “Work…work…there are no comments at the moment”.
On Friday, the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Tagus Valley warned of constraints in the functioning of obstetrics and gynecology services, until this Monday, in several hospitals in the Lisbon region.
On that day, the case of a pregnant woman who lost her baby was reported, allegedly due to lack of obstetricians at the Caldas da Rainha hospital, which led the Board of Directors of Centro Hospitalar do Oeste to open an inquiry and report the situation by participating in the Inspection. -General Health Activities (IGAS).
Questioned at the time by the Lusa agency about the case, the Ministry of Health admitted that there were “constraints in the obstetrical gynecology scale, impossible to supply” and that, therefore, the urgency of the Centro Hospitalar do Oeste was “diverted to other points” of the network of the National Health Service”.
“With a view to ascertaining any and all liability”, the ministry said that an inquiry into the facts had been launched by IGAS, adding that the results of the inquiry will be made public.
ARSLVT said this Monday that, until the end of today, “there will be periods when some hospitals will be operating with limitations, that is, diverting their external Obstetrics/Gynecology urgency to other units in the Region, which will ensure the response of the SNS [Serviço Nacional de Saúde]”.
Between June 10 and 12, 192 births were carried out in the 13 maternity hospitals in the region, he added, appealing “for the understanding of users” and regretting, from now on, the embarrassment that, despite all the means available, he said it was not possible to overcome.