Many licensed health sector workers from outside Britain were not allowed to practice their work in hospitals, due to the insistence on following procedures for licensing the practice of the traditional profession, which led to an apparent shortage of doctors and nurses in hospitals.
The Nightingale Emergency Hospital opened its doors yesterday for patients without corona, after the London hospital beds were overloaded with people infected with the virus, and with the unprecedented pressure that the country reached this week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated that one in every 30 people in London has become infected with the epidemic.
This has put pressure on the National Health Organization (NHS), as its staff receives huge numbers of patients greater than the capacity of hospitals and medical teams.
It is usually assumed that one nurse is assigned to each patient in intensive care, but in light of the outbreak of the virus, each nurse has to serve 3 patients at one time, which was described by the Mayor of London that the capital is dealing with the crisis from a medical point of view by following a catastrophic medicine and not with the usual standard procedures.
Many nurses and doctors are waiting for the official identification cards to work in the United Kingdom, “BRP”, which proves permission to work, as the concerned authorities used to hand this card within 7 to 10 working days, but due to the pandemic, these procedures took several months from Wait, which caused a delay in the medical teams joining the front lines.
Dr. Doolin Bhagawati told The Independent, a neurosurgeon and president of the UK Medical Association, that he is currently in contact with about 40 cases of qualified medical personnel who are currently unable to work due to delays in the issuance of BRB cards. Their own.
The doctors prevented from fighting coronavirus on front line due to Home Office delays https://t.co/RhNalkk5mn
– Dolin Bhagawati (@Grumpybraindoc) January 10, 2021
Action from politicians and civil society
The crisis prompted a member of parliament in Leicester to intervene in order to issue the ID card for Doctor Ahmed Aws, a specialist in chest and respiratory diseases, and he is one of the most critical specialties needed by people with Corona, as Aws was deprived of practicing medical work despite the attrition of the National Health Institution in the city that is rising With prevalence levels, the need for Doctor AWS support has not been avoided by the months of waiting until the card is issued.
Civil organizations interested in the medical sector called on Minister of Interior Priti Patil to take a decision to solve the crisis of the delay in issuing biometric residency permits (BRP), and considered this obstruction to the medical staff, and the recommendations called for the implementation of a fast track for doctors and nurses alone to issue their ID cards.
Medical teams from refugees
The waiting list includes refugees from medical teams, according to the rules of the Home Office in Britain, the asylum seeker waits for a year to settle his legal position, and after this year he can apply for any of the jobs listed in the medical professions that are covered by the occupational deficit in the country, which includes nursing and medicine in This time.
Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council in Britain, confirmed to The Independent, that this large number of health professionals from asylum seekers are unable to work now because work permits have not yet been issued to them.
Al-Jazeera Net interviewed Dr. Ahmed Ismail, a surgeon who recently joined the National Health Corporation in Britain and was exposed to these procedures weeks ago. Ismail explained that despite the psychological and social damage that occurred to him due to the delay of the procedures, he understood the necessity to complete all safety-related procedures, among the procedures that delayed his joining work was the conducting of antibody tests for tuberculosis, and he had been waiting for the result for more than two weeks, during which he was unable to work Officially in British hospitals.
However, he believes that this delay is due to safety procedures in order to protect the doctor and the patient alike, saying, “The practice of medicine in England does not only require experience in the health field in any other country, but it requires full knowledge and awareness of the medical evidence and the generally accepted policies of the UK system, which The General Medical Council in the Kingdom tests them through equations commensurate with years of experience.
Ismail added, “But without those tests and the highest standards of safety, the medical institution would not have survived.” And Ismail considers joining the front lines as a complex matter, and it is related to placing the patient as a priority to preserve his life according to those standards, which differs greatly from many of the measures taken by other countries. .
The National Health Corporation is one of the most stringent health regulations, and it takes high-level medical examinations as the only way to join them, and despite its urgent need for more medical staff to join, it does not allow the academic standards to be waived.
The National Health Foundation has called on many retirees and students to return to practicing medicine, because they have obtained licenses to practice the profession that conform to British standards.