Recruiting versus retaining doctors

Doctors are at odds with administrators in this California hospital. The administrators simply calls the physicians “whiners”, and are ignoring the reasons behind the exodus of physicians.

I’m sure this scenario is being played out nationwide:

In our quarterly staff meetings, the number of doctor resignations outnumbers new medical staff. The morale among Memorial Hospital’s medical staff is at an all-time low. The patented reply of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is that these doctors left due to circumstances beyond its control such as low Medicare reimbursement rates, high cost of doing business in California and high cost of living. But one factor that I never see reported is the hospital itself. The problems health care professionals encounter in day-to-day care at this hospital could fill pages. The focus is more on cost-cutting than on patient care. Physician and hospital administration communication is one-sided.

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