time.news. Six thousand fewer hospitalizations in the Santo Spirito hospital in time.news in 2019 compared to 2018. But the accounts do not add up for the medical consultation for the second level Goddess, represented by Antonio Ciofani, the association of patients and users, led by Fiorella Cesaroni and the regional and municipal council groups of the Democratic Party.
In March 2021, the 2019 hospitalization report was published, in the pre-Covid period. The document shows that a total of 19,316 admissions were registered in the time.news hospital. 30 percent less than 25,510 in 2018. “A decrease that on a regional basis represents 5.5 percent fewer hospitalizations”, explains the regional councilor Antonio Blasioli, together with the group leader Silvio Paolucci and to the Pd representatives in the city council, Piero Giampietro, Stefania Catalano e Marco Presutti. “The most relevant data was recorded in some departments, such as maxillofacial surgery or the neurology stroke unit, where hospitalizations would have been zero”.
The case was raised by the patient association and the consultancy, which, noting the drop compared to the 2018 data, launched a search, directly addressing the managers of the complex operating units. A completely different indicator emerged from the intersection. The maxillofacial surgery department actually made 384 hospitalizations in 2019; while the stroke unit 515. And the same happens for the other departments, where there is a discrepancy that reaches up to 50 percent. General surgery carried out 1,948 hospitalizations, but 673 appear in the report; in thoracic surgery 260 hospitalizations were included compared to the 424 reported by the UOC; and still 1,572 appear in geriatrics, but 2,001 have been made; at urology 365 against 736 carried out; and finally in the Utic, cardiological intensive care unit, there are 1,399 but 1,831 hospitalizations were performed.
«According to the ministerial decree 70 of 2015», continues Blasioli, «the departments of the stroke unit and maxillofacial surgery are essential for the recognition of the second level Goddess. In addition, there are also minimum values to be achieved to keep a department operational. We therefore ask that this data be corrected immediately. We want to understand if it was a mistake or a strategic choice to consider the professionalism and importance of the time.news hospital down, to justify the lack of courage of this council and respect for the promises made during the electoral campaign ».
According to Fiorella Cesaroni, the economic damage would also be relevant. “In 2018, the time.news hospital was worth around 93 million euros in services. In 2019, according to the report, we dropped to about 75 million. This value affects the economic and personnel resources ». From Ciofani comes the request «for a regional inspector to highlight what happened. We are facing a forgery, a serious administrative offense that needs to be clarified ». While from the leader of the Democratic Party in the city council Piero Giampietro, the appeal is to the mayor Carlo Masci, as president of the restricted committee of mayors so that, in the presence of the leaders of the Region and the general manager of the ASL, start a supervisory activity. On the subject, the Democratic Party announces an interpellation in the regional council. «The first question», Paolucci anticipates, «will help to understand if the proposal on the new hospital network just presented, after two years of absolute zero in health planning and programming, has been drawn up on the basis of these distorted data. A proposal that is leading to extensive fragmentation both on a regional and provincial basis ”.