Collective dismissal of all residents
Canton remains inactive at the Einsiedeln hospital – despite the vortex
The Einsiedeln hospital has found replacements after all seven residents were fired. But question marks remain. Even a detailed statement from the responsible Schwyz authorities hardly sheds any light on the matter. An SP cantonal council is planning a new initiative.
The responsible Schwyz government councilor Petra Steimen-Rickenbacher comments for the first time on the events at Einsiedeln Hospital.
The Schwyz government is the first to comment in detail on the turbulence at Einsiedeln Hospital – and yet says nothing. The responsible department of the interior under government councilor Petra Steimen-Rickenbacher (56) published her answer to a corresponding political initiative on Monday.
It states, among other things: “Due to the terminations of the assistant doctors, the Einsiedeln Hospital did not have to withdraw its operating license, nor were the Einsiedeln Hospital’s performance orders canceled in whole or in part.”
Canton holds back “nobly”
All seven residents at the hospital had collectively submitted their resignations at the end of August. Among other things, they complained that they had to work overtime and that compulsory further training was cancelled.
The doctor and SP cantonal councilor Antoine Chaix (58) subsequently submitted an interpellation on the case in Einsiedeln Hospital. Chaix is disappointed by the government’s response that has now been published. “I wanted to know if the allegations against the hospital management were true. I didn’t get an answer to that.” The canton is “politely reserved”, criticizes Chaix.
The answer from the Schwyz government is three pages long. For the most part, however, these are formalities. It is said, for example, that the Employment Office is responsible for checking working hours. Whether checks were carried out at Einsiedeln Hospital, however, remains open.
When it comes to the further training of residents, the canton does not see itself as responsible, but rather the Swiss Institute for Medical Continuing Education (SIWF).
Assistant doctor positions filled without gaps
The Einsiedeln hospital – together with the hospitals of Lachen and Schwyz – provides the basic service for the canton of Schwyz. Chaix therefore believes that the canton must also specify more precisely which services are provided at which hospitals. “So that they are not saved dead,” said the SP man. “I’m planning another push.”
The Ameos Group, which operates the Einsiedeln hospital, has now filled the seven assistant doctor positions – without gaps, as they say. And: The number of assistant doctors is even to be increased. By how many job percentages is not known. Only so much: Despite negative headlines, there were more applicants than vacancies.
“Of course we’re pleased and it shows that our employment conditions are absolutely competitive,” writes an Ameos spokesman. It remains to be seen whether the new residents will be satisfied with their employer in the long term. They are starting their jobs these days.