We have the talent, let’s stop mistreating it: we need hospital researchers

Right this moment, Could 30, we have fun Hospital Analysis Day for the primary time in Spain. Most of the people shouldn’t be often conscious that within the hospitals of the Nationwide Well being System there are a small variety of researchers who make sure that we advance data of well being, ailments and their remedies. And, on the whole, the precarious employment scenario that our group faces each day is ignored. The celebration of at the present time goals to lift consciousness in our society of the necessity for the determine of the hospital researcher, which is even clearer within the instances of pandemic that we reside in, and that it’s pressing to treatment the mistreatment we undergo within the train of our work.

By way of well being there’s a lot that we have no idea and that’s important for the well-being of all: to beat or not an sickness, to have high quality of life even with a persistent dysfunction, to develop previous wholesome and with autonomy, and so forth. We have no idea as a lot as we wish about recognized ailments. And typically new ailments seem that we’ve to study to deal with.

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Analysis is fixing all these questions by devising new diagnostic strategies, describing the pure historical past of a illness, figuring out and analyzing sufferers who’re out of the strange, designing and testing new remedies … And all this must be completed inside hospitals , since To be able to examine the issue that arises with a affected person, you need to be very near the affected person. Hospital physicians are, however they’ve little time to do analysis, since their time is priced to maximise the effectivity of care in more and more overburdened well being providers.

The necessity for hospital researchers arises exactly from rising specialization. Once we go to the physician, we’re handled by a specialist within the illness we undergo from. The identical factor occurs with the investigation: a specialist has to take cost. Hospital researchers are the specialists in analysis and we dedicate 100% of our climate.


We now have many kinds of coaching: a few of us are docs, others are biologists, chemists, physicists, and so forth. In science careers we’re particularly ready to be researchers and study the specialised strategies and methods of considering which might be needed for this. Expertise reveals that the best progress is made when treating physicians and researchers work shoulder to shoulder to search out solutions. The outcomes are in sight: how rapidly we’ve realized with the coronavirus. And earlier than COVID-19 it was AIDS, or the poisonous rapeseed syndrome, advances in most cancers, dementias and uncommon ailments, or so many different issues that we’ve been clarifying and fixing.

Nonetheless, for Spanish hospital analysis to proceed contributing to our well being there are numerous issues to enhance. The very first thing is remedy the poor working circumstances of analysis employees, principally with unstable jobs (70-80% short-term), with out the potential of creating their skilled profession and with the temptation to to migrate to college or straight go away the nation. In different European nations, researchers are formally a part of the hospital employees, which isn’t the case in Spain and is the principle supply of our labor issues.

The answer may be very easy and straightforward to implement: in its article 85.1, the Biomedical Analysis Regulation of 2007 establishes that the Public Administrations (AAPP) will encourage the incorporation of analysis personnel into the hospital employees beneath statutory regime. Sadly, all of the Public Administrations (basic administration and autonomous communities) have been bordering this text for the reason that enactment of the regulation. And the measures that they’ve determined to use of their place (hiring of researchers within the Biomedical Analysis Foundations, near however exterior the hospitals) they’ve solely aggravated labor unrest and abuse 12 months after 12 months, as this newspaper starkly denounced just a few months in the past.

Researchers on the Hospital del Mar Medical Analysis Institute (IMIM) in Barcelona. (EFE)

Hospital researchers are the principle actors in two of the analysis modalities (primary and translational) and an important a part of the third (medical). The pharmaceutical trade is nourished by the primary two modalities for the design of recent medicine, for which a sturdy and succesful hospital analysis is the inspiration of a thriving biotech sector, one of many mainstays of the change within the Spanish manufacturing mannequin that has been beneath dialogue for the reason that 2008 financial disaster.

We now have the expertise, let’s cease mistreating it and let’s begin actively selling it. That the provisions of the regulation and that accredited by the Fee for Social and Financial Reconstruction of the Congress of Deputies in 2020 be complied with: “present and convene the statutory positions to include secure analysis employees within the templates of the facilities of the Nationwide Well being System ”, in current classes (laboratory technician, medical specialist researcher, and so forth). We Spaniards can not permit hospital researchers to proceed to be ignored: it’s for us that Spanish healthcare continues to be of the best high quality.

* Francisco J. del Castillo and Juan Ángel Fresno are members and representatives of the Board of Administrators of the Nationwide Affiliation of Hospital Investigators (ANIH)

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