How many patients have been unable to get an appointment at a capital city hospital?

Recently, a hospital in the capital sent letters to patients telling them that some medical departments could no longer accept new appointments - unless it was an emergency or a highly complex case. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how this capacity shortage came about, whether other hospitals are affected and what is being done about the situation.

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« Récemment un hôpital du pays a adressé un courrier à des patients ayant demandé un rendez-vous dans les services de gastro-entérologie respectivement cardiologie. Il est précisé dans cette lettre que l’hôpital en question, dû à une demande accrue, n’est actuellement pas en mesure de donner suite à ces requêtes et qu’une priorité est seulement accordée aux cas complexes/urgents. Il est conseillé aux patients de faire recours à un autre service de leur choix.

Dans ce contexte, j’aimerais poser les questions suivantes à Madame la Ministre de la Santé :

  • Pour quelles raisons cet hôpital n’est pas en mesure de donner une suite favorable aux demandes de patients ? Combien de personnes sont concernées ?
  • Est-ce que d’autres hôpitaux du pays connaissent des problèmes similaires ?
  • Par quels moyens Madame la Ministre entend-elle remédier à cette situation préoccupante ? »

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