Nurses anger the Minister of Health for his reluctance to anesthetize patients

Nurses working in the public sector angered Health Minister Khaled Ait Taleb after they refrained from anesthetizing patients, calling it one of the jobs of anesthesiologists. In a letter recently sent by Khaled Ait Taleb, Minister of Health to central and regional officials, health delegates and directors of hospitals affiliated with the ministry, the issue of anesthesia in public health institutions is known as a “worrying situation” before the reluctance and reservations of some anesthesiology and resuscitation nurses to fulfill the tasks assigned to them by their superiors, trusting that anesthesia work is the responsibility of anesthesiologists and resuscitators.

According to the letter, public health institutions know of a great shortage in the number of this category of doctors. This negatively affects the continuity of the operation of the public health establishment and the provision of the necessary services and, consequently, citizens do not benefit from their right to treatment and health care.

The brief indicated that the reluctance of the category of anesthesia nurses to carry out these tasks began with the issuance of Law No. 43.13 regarding the exercise of nursing professions, which establishes in its article 6 that “the nurse in anesthesia and resuscitation performs anesthesia or resuscitation work on patients under the responsibility of, and under the direct supervision of, a physician specializing in anesthesia and resuscitation.

However, the Minister stated that the provisions of the aforementioned Law No. 43.13 have not yet entered into force, according to article 56 of the same, which establishes that this law will take effect from the date of entry into force of the regulatory texts . necessary for its full application. And also because the regulatory texts necessary for its full implementation have not yet been issued.

The Minister also explained in his letter that Chapter 20 of the Constitution, the supreme law of the Kingdom, establishes that “the right to life is the first right of every human being. The law protects this right.” It is necessary to work to guarantee this right by all possible means and involve everyone in its realization, but rather apply the necessary sanctions to anyone who does not pursue this goal.

It considered that refraining from providing aid and assistance to a sick person or in a state of danger, constitutes an act that is typified by criminal law, and whose penalty is more serious and serious than civil liability derived from acts of intimidation per se. , especially since the category of anesthesiology and resuscitation nurses has the competence that enables them to perform the work of Anesthesiology and resuscitation are perfect.

The letter stated that “taking into account the right to life and health of patients, it is imperative that all anesthesiology and resuscitation nurses in the public sector on a temporary basis, ensure urgent interventions decided by the surgeon or doctor responsible for urgent care”. matters that do not admit postponement in the absence of the specialist doctor.” in anesthesia and resuscitation. He stressed the absolute necessity of implementing these directives and ensuring their respect.