Yesterday reminded me of an old movie, perhaps you did not see it, but in its most famous scene actor Jack Nicholson sticks his head out the window, and yells that he is so mad he can’t take it anymore.
The movie was the four Oscar winning Network. Nicholson plays a news anchor frustrated and appalled by his boss’s shameless greed.
Recently we saw this in Aruba when well-respected oncologist/hematologist Jonkhoff, a hard-working cancer specialist, with 25 years of experience in the Netherlands and a successful seven-year stint here, stuck his head out and yelled, that he cannot do it anymore, on his own, the burden is too heavy, and help from the medical establishment has been withheld.
He said he was going on vacation, and closed shop.
And before the medical establishment scrambled to fire his butt, he announced he was resigning.
No more cancer specialist on the island, he was the only one, and all those suffering from Lymphoma, Anemia, Hemophilia, and Leukemia were left to scratch their heads, and wonder, who will come to their rescue.
Jonkhoff explained that the medical establishment consistently refused to recruit another oncologist/hematologist to help carry the burden of patients’ care, and that it simply became too much, for one individual.
From time to time a part-timer was hired, and once he became familiar with the work, he had to leave as his contract expired.
Jonkhoff added that much of his time was spent on breaking the newbies in, and sadly he had to see them go, as the medical establishment cracked down on ‘expenses.’
So, Jonkhoff went public, washed all the dirty laundry in the town’s square, and as a result a big meeting was called yesterday with all health management decision-makers on hand, it seems they have reached an agreement to import not just one but two oncologist/hematologist BUT Jonkhoff’s gotta go, his relationship with the hospital management became too toxic.
This is what the good doctor circulated this week:
Dear friends and fellow students.
I want to play my last card today. I am not only a (good) doctor, I also introduced many initiatives to improve oncological care in Aruba.
In August 2016 I became the chairperson of the just-founded Aruban Foundation for Multidisciplinary Oncology and Hematology, in collaboration with Ebby Ruiz, the hospital pharmacist, and Deepu Daryanani, the oncology surgeon. The foundation was born at a fantastic international conference which we organized on October 2015 at the Holyday Inn. That would be unthinkable now, with the dictatorial and uncooperative climate in the hospital
The doctor goes on to list the initiatives with cancer registration, oncology cooking on TV with ever-changing chefs in collaboration with SuperFood, including kitchen demonstration and the supply of patient information about rules of life, myths and the often-natural origin of chemotherapy. The foundation also advocates early reporting for patients with complaints, and it undertakes the protection of physicians, as the medical establishment attempts to cap their annual compensation, and encourages referrals between oncological specialists.
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