National and international authorities and scientific societies have recently published important cancer treatment recommendations in order to propose extra measures that should be taken during the COVID-19 epidemic. These measures in Radiation Therapy (RT) include, among others, the reduction of the number of cancer patients treated, their respective sessions and the personnel present. For a small private RT department in France and for the period between mid-March and mid-May 2020 these measures resulted in one third less treated patients per week, no new prostate cases and fewer breast and palliative ones, less medical consultations, almost half patient sessions and a quarter less new patients in total. This translates in an income reduction of more than 50%, if compared with the same period one year ago. However, the personnel, although more tired mentally, is happier working less hours and days, with 62.5% of them working less than 40% than predicted in their contracts and without any impact on their salary. The pandemic continuing and the Management reducing the salary respectively was not part of most of the employees’ thoughts before filling in a questionnaire for this article, but even after only two of them had some relevant concerns.
Melidis, Christos; Merciadri, Alicia; and Orabona, Paul
"COVID-19 Cancer Recommendation Consequences on One Radiation Therapy Department Economics and Employee Working Conditions’ Satisfaction in France,"
Health Sciences: Vol. 1:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.15342/hs.2020.220
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