Health and Social Service Workers’ Union (SES) Ankara Branch prepared a report evaluating the health data over the Presidential Annual Program for 2022, after the Ministry of Health did not publish the “Health Statistics Yearbook” for 2020. The report compared the health information in the annual programs of 2021 and 2022. According to this; While 5.2 million surgeries were performed in all hospitals in 2019, this number dropped to 3.7 million in 2020. Noting that there is a 1.5 million difference in surgery between the two years, “This means undiagnosed cases. “1.5 million incomplete surgeries show that patients will either die in 2020 because they are not treated, or because they cannot be diagnosed and operated, they will increase the number of more serious health problems and unfortunately the number of deaths in the coming years,” it said.
CLAIM OF MISSING SURGERY
In the report, which states that 2.8 million surgeries were performed in hospitals affiliated to the Ministry of Health in 2019, “This number has reached 1.6 million in 2020. During the pandemic, there were 1.2 million incomplete surgeries in the hospitals of the Ministry of Health. While 1.5 million surgeries were performed in private hospitals in 2019, the number increased to 1.4 million in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic has brought death to the poor, to those who are sentenced to treatments covered by general health insurance.
“MINISTER IS RESPONSIBLE”
The following data on treatment were also shared in the report: “While 13.8 million people were hospitalized in 2019, this number increased to 10.6 million in 2020. This decrease, which shows that 3.2 million people cannot receive inpatient treatment, was 29 percent in Ministry of Health hospitals and 11 percent in private hospitals. Again in 2019, 7.7 million people were treated as inpatients in hospitals affiliated to the Ministry, while in 2020, 5.5 million people were treated as inpatients during the epidemic. The minister is responsible for the health systems and health indicators of this country, he must be held accountable.”
Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.
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