Tuesday, February 7, 2023

“I was constantly lying in a bloodstained bed”

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Thomas Disch (55) is disappointed by the cantonal hospital in Schaffhausen after his appendectomy.

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Our healthcare system is under pressure. Many emergency rooms are overloaded. The water has long been “up to his nostrils,” a Basel emergency doctor recently complained in the media. And the children’s hospitals across Switzerland are so overcrowded that, in an emergency, the little patients have to be transported across the country in search of a bed. Doctors and nursing staff capitulate to the permanent overload and quit, as happened in the Einsiedeln SZ hospital in the summer. All the assistant doctors left at the same time. Thomas Disch (55) from Schaffhausen had to experience how unpleasant it can be for patients in an overloaded system.

When the organic farmer with an IT background suddenly suffered from severe abdominal pain a good two weeks ago, he quickly realized: It was the appendix. “I went to the cantonal hospital in Schaffhausen, which is only five minutes from my farm,” he says. Only: instead of getting help, he was initially ignored in the emergency room: “They didn’t even take notice of me. I was in a lot of pain.” And: “At some point, a Securitas employee brought me at least one chair.”

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