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At the children's hospital is a dispute among surgeons escalated

Since 1. April is a former doctor of the children hospital in Zurich in the hunger strike. Thus A. S.* protested against the justification of his dismissal in December 2018, and against the Situation on the heart surgery. The children's hospital, accuses the children's heart surgeon in the notice of termination, among other things, "inadequate performance", "lack of respect" and a "frequent stay away from official events".

in Addition, A. S., a criminal has filed a complaint against three Senior Doctors of the children hospital in Zurich. He accused the interim head of the children's heart surgery, the Director of the Surgical clinic and the Medical Director of the libel, and in two cases of libel. In the criminal complaint of A. S. also claims repeated stab wounds, the to have done him the interim head of the children's heart surgery during operations. The children's hospital, denies all the accusations vehemently. For the Doctors, the presumption of innocence applies.

"My reputation as a doctor is severely damaged," says A. S., a Specialist in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Until today he had not received the fair work certificate, only the devastating justification for the termination. "I'm sure I've done my job right." The him is also confirmed by previous employers. The work testimony of the German paediatric heart centre (DKHZ) in St. Augustin near Bonn, Germany, 2010, is before the TA. It means that A. S. had "both medically, human and skilled surgeon can consist of, without restriction, to all the qualifications" to be successful as a surgeon. This assessment of the head physician of children's heart surgery at the DKHZ confirmed on telephone demand.

conflict with the interim leader

The hunger strike, and the criminal complaint is only the latest uproar in the children's heart surgery at the Kispi. Last November, the hospital announced surprisingly, the immediate separation of Michael Hübler, the widely esteemed head of the children's heart surgery. He was the successor of René Prêtre, Switzerland's best-known heart surgeon who had left the Kispi 2012 in the direction of Lausanne.

The immediate reason for the termination of A. S. seems to be in conflict with the interim head of the children's heart surgery. This raises a. s. in the criminal complaint, among other things, bullying and assault. So this should have him injured during operations in which he assisted, on several occasions, and repeatedly with a knife, needles and other Surgical instruments, so his accusation. "I have been working since 2000 as a surgeon and was stabbed in this period, twice unintentionally," says A. S. "He has me, but every day or twice a razor."

"I can confirm everything," says F. L.* as a cardiovascular technician in many operations. F. L. has terminated as of the end of March 2019, with his Job at the children's hospital and the University hospital of Zurich changed. A second witness, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed the stab wounds also.

on the Part of Kispi one is surprised by the allegations and rejects them as "false and baseless". That there is unintentional cutting or piercing injuries, before coming back and again, but rarely. We know only of the "two internal accident reports by Mr A. S.," says Kispi-Secretary-General Urs Rüegg.

Almost a year unable to work

How could it come to this escalation? By the beginning of January 2017, Michael Hübler, the former head of the children's heart surgery set, A. S. as a medical assistant with a temporary contract. After three months, the German citizen has already received a wage increase, and by the end of 2017 Hübler transformed the contract into a permanent – a sign of appreciation, such as A. S. says.

In February of 2018 first, came low blow. A herniated disc forced A. S. to yourself under the knife. The surgery in the Schulthess clinic led to complications, he had to let six more procedures to go through, feared at times that he could never run. By the end of 2018, he was one hundred percent unable to work. In September, says A. S., he had received from Michael Hübler an email that this was glad when he return soon to the Team.

he did not wish To further cooperation, however, because at the beginning of November 2018, the story took a new turn. The children's hospital, informed by Communiqué, a Professor Hübler be released immediately. A public justification for this decision, to date, between the parties not be disclosed. As A. S. was able to return after his back-the Odyssey at the beginning of January 2019, finally, to his workplace, which was headed by the former Deputy of Michael Hübler, the children's heart surgery, but only ad interim, as the appeal to the chair of children's heart surgery is still pending. In contrast to A. S. the interim leader does not have a Specialist for heart surgery, such as the Kispi confirmed.

termination after the return

On the first day of his return to the children's hospital, A. S. was called into the personnel office. There they informed the 42-Year-old with, to have him terminated and he was released immediately. The termination had neither a connection with the long Sickness, with the exemption of Hübler is still a tragic incident in the ICU, the A. p. reported, says Rüegg. "The justification is based solely on the evaluation of his performance by his superiors."

A. S. makes no great hopes that his penalty will have the effect of viewing something. He knows that many can be set to Display without a trial. With the hunger strike, he does not want to stop, however, until the three children's hospital-have agreed to the Doctors with him. "You have to meet me halfway, so that my reputation is restored." And: "I demand that my supervisor, Michael Hübler issuing me the certificate." The work is not legally possible, because Hübler from all of its obligations to be free, says Rüegg.


The fired heart surgeons but it is also something else: the Situation in the children's heart surgery and the cardiac intensive care unit. Between the departments of a tense relationship prevailed, it was, as several people confirm, among other things, questions such as: to live or to die. Presumably, this dispute also played in the separation of Michael Hübler a role.

The Kispi reflected this point of view speaks. The cooperation between departments is very demanding and challenging, there are many interfaces and discussions, says Rüegg, this were always constructive, and the result is misleading.

Meanwhile, the children's heart surgery basically works in the transition mode, a definite successor of Hübler is still to be determined. Since the separation, René Prêtre, since 2012, the children's heart surgery at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne, helps out, one day a week in Zurich – for the "difficult" cases, as stated by the Kispi. For these operations, the experience lacked the interim Director. The latter has to celebrate something anyway: He was promoted to titular Professor at the University of Zurich. At the end of April, he invites you to an "atmospheric" Apéro.

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Created: 17.04.2019, at 22:41

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