Public hospital reorganization / integration Opinion exchange meeting between the government and local governments
An exchange of opinions between the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the local government regarding the reorganization and integration of public hospitals started on the 17th, and Vice Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, Hashimoto, announced that each hospital name was abrupt. Did. In response, local governments demanded to withdraw data, and there were a series of opposition voices.
As the population declined, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced last month 424 hospital names nationwide, including hospitals with particularly low medical treatment results, in order to encourage discussions on the reorganization and integration of public and public hospitals in each region. There is a backlash.
In response, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to hold discussion meetings with local governments at seven locations nationwide since the 17th, and the first meeting of Fukuoka City was attended by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare. .
Among them, Vice-Minister Hashimoto said, “We are reconsidering that the release of data was abrupt and caused residents' anxiety. We did not force it, listened to the voices of everyone, and carefully I wanted to work on it. "
On the other hand, the person in charge at the public hospital in Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture said, “Although the remote islands are struggling due to a shortage of doctors, the name of the hospital has made it even more difficult to secure doctors. "
In addition, there was a series of criticisms regarding the withdrawal of the published data itself and the criticism that it was in conflict with regional revitalization, as it was confusing in the medical field.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will continue to seek careful understanding based on the opinions given at the briefing sessions in each region.