Due to low wages 13 doctors quit from Chelyabinsk Burn Center.
In Chelyabinsk, 13 doctors left the intensive care unit of city hospital’s burn center due to reduced salaries. Salaries of doctors have been reduced by half.
“Yes, there have been dismissals. Among those who left were medical technicians, nurses and four doctors. Not all of the staff resigned, we still have two doctors,”- said Michael Verbitskiy, director of the Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (CMIF) in Chelyabinsk Region.
According to him the burn center is currently being renovated. Because of that, the number of patients has reduced by half. “We are paying [salaries] by the number of treated patients. Since the quantity of patients declined, so did the wages. Doctors began to receive about 20 thousand rubles [per month] instead of 40 000,” – said Verbitskiy.
[Note: that is now doctors are paid about 679 USD per month; while in the past their salary was about 1358 USD per month]
He also noted that the doctors who resigned were highly qualified specialists. “I feel pity when such professionals leave“ - said the director of Chelyabinsk Regional CMIF.
- For employees of the department [who resigned], April 19th is the last day of work. – “Life News” was told by the Clinical Hospital № 6. - How to continue coping with it – we don’t know. We can handle single cases, but not any massive disaster.
As it became known to Life News, during the last year about 20% of personnel of the Clinical Hospital № 6 quit their jobs (that is about 200 people). In all cases it was related to decrease in salary.
The hospital’s Chief Physician decided to withdraw bonuses of senior doctors in order to save money.
Officials of Chelyabinsk’s Health Department said that they did not know about the situation in the burn center.
- We are not aware of this situation, for explanation please contact the hospital, - said in the Health Department.
Chief Physician of the Clinical Hospital № 6 confirmed that the cause of massive layoffs was the reduction of wages, but noted that she does not see anything unusual in this situation. <…> “Such situation exists in many hospitals. In our case there is a unit of intensive care in surgery department, which will help with patients suffering from burns when necessary. Currently the burn center is renovated and when the work is finished, we will recruit new staff for the vacant positions.“
Update from Chelyabinsk.ru:
Salaries of health workers in the department decreased almost three times (from 40,000 rubles in February to 15,000 rubles in March).
“The situation is objective, – explained the head of department, - physician’s basic salary is now 4660 rubles per month [ed: about 158 USD]. The rest are bonuses – amount of which is defined by the executives of the medical institution. By the way , the salary of medical technicians is 1,800 rubles per 160 hours [ ed: about 61 USD]. Currently, the hospital cannot afford paying [high] bonuses, so the reduction of wages is legitimate.“
Russian netizens react to layoffs in Chelyabinsk burn center
And here is what Russian netizens think of this situation (translated comments taken from the discussion board Newsland.ru)
Medvedev D.N.: Hospitals, schools … What’s next? Instead we have sell-out in cemeteries…
Chelyabinets (replying to Medvedev D.N.): In cemeteries there is also chaos and rise of prices. It’s more expensive to die than to be born.
konoplev-viktor (also replying to Medvedev D.N.): Medvedev D., you are wrong, before the cemetery there is still a hospital! In Kemerovo we call the hospital ”disco to the cemetery”, but Chief Physician Krasnov is paid decently and corruption flourishes. So, first, be kind to dance at the disco, and then… to a cemetery!
GarangaIV: How much is paid the Chief Physician who thinks that there is nothing unusual?
ernesto-Che: In our Kostroma Oblast we have the same shit. Obstetrics, surgery departments are closing, medical personnel fired. Long live Putin!
ryzhik: The plan is called “Painless reduction of population”.
sinrikio: What is all this excitement about? The Chief Physician and Department say that everything is fine. The holy hand of the market will regulate everything. Doctors who left – will come back – and then they’ll get their legitimate 15,000. :)))))
Victorin: Now, let’s think together. If doctors who leave are those who cannot “get” money from patients – WHO STAY? Then why do we curse our healthcare, when the GOVERNMENT started this negative selection?
derevenka: “What is your mare, an empty deal, she burned with the stables, what a thing! Apart from that, my fair lady, all things are fine, all things are fine!” … Classics.
Pitekantrop: Soon, the doctors will be replaced with migrant workers. There are already hospitals in which doctors from the former Soviet republics almost don’t understand Russian, and nobody knows how they treat.
yyyyyk (replying to Pitekantrop): The whole idea of healthcare is sinful: there is no need to interfere into the divine plans.
rin-kayumov: In April salaries in some categories of rural healthcare were cut by 25%. Meanwhile prices are growing by leaps and bounds.
aleck17: Here is the real Orange Threat. This colonel, fucking strategist, is worse than any plague. Together with that Gundyayev. Chirping about one thing, but at the same time doing their dirty deed. More and more professionals from all fields are running away and replaced with freaks. And then they are made scapegoats.
This slave should be crowned with an axe on May 7.
[Notes: 1) “Colonel” was Putin’s rank in KGB; 2) Gundyayev is the secular name of Patriarch Kirill – leader of the Russian Orthodox Church; 3) Commenter called Putin “slave” referring to his own words when the latter summarized his presidential term as hard work of the slave on galley; 4) May 7 is the date when Putin will be inaugurated for his third presidential term]
xejale: “We are paying [salaries] by the number of treated patients. Since the quantity of patients declined, so did the wages. “
So in Russia salary is directly dependent on the amount: in medicine – amount of patients, firefighters – amount of fires, emergency services – disasters, internal security – terror attacks, military - wars, riot police - demonstrations. And meanwhile everyone needs “stability” in order not to lose wages. Idiocy? Or have I misunderstood something?
NiLarna: It feels like someone wanted to close the hospital.
How else can you explain the strange coincidence - “prolonged” renovations and revision of payments? Doctors, in fact, are not allowed to work. And then they say, no work – no money.
What is it if not a focused, sophisticated way to get rid of the staff? And some jerk who was put to execute things, licks to superiors and “doesn’t see anything unusual”.
LordDragon: Intensive care specialists will be replaced by surgeons, when surgeons leave – they will be replaced by cleaners. And in the hospital everything is fine, nobody sees any problems. Tomorrow the bright future promised by V. Putin will come and everyone will be healthy and there will be no need in doctors.
V.V. Kobelyuha-Barskiy: Strange comments. The hospital is on maintenance, medical services were drastically reduced, and why do you have to pay the old wages?? You must pay for work!
And the second thing. Does anyone think that those who resigned are idle? Of course, not. All of them have found new job where they are paid more, and not for “description of the eye” but for their work.
MILADY_1: Do you know what the burn intensive care is? I worked there for a year, couldn’t do it longer. This is hell – people without skin, raw flesh, huge sores, rotting, bandages that can’t be pulled off the wounds, people constantly screaming in pain, children and adults, in some – viscera can be seen through the wounds, smell of decay and rotting, in summer one can collect maggots from the wounds, because flies lay eggs in the rotting meat. The highest mortality, corpse at every shift, often – of little children. Wish you would work there for 5,000 rubles [approximately, 170 USD] per month which was my salary as a nurse.
VLADEMIR: Judging from the motivation for reducing the salaries (less patients), the salary of pathologists soon will sharply rise!