On the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at work, the General Council of Official Colleges of Physicians (CGCOM) insists on the need for the Medical Profession to be declared a Risk Profession to increase protection for all physicians, especially after more than a year of pandemic by COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led governments, employers, workers and the general population to face unprecedented challenges in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the many effects it has had on the world of job. World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on strategies to strengthen national systems for occupational safety and health (OSH) in order to build resilience to face crises, today and in the future, drawing on lessons learned and experiences from the world of work.
In this context, the corporation insists on a measure that it has been demanding just now a year ago: the inclusion of SARS-CoV-2 as a human pathogen of risk group 4 for all purposes, which are those that can cause serious disease in humans and they pose a serious danger to workers because there are many possibilities for it to spread and in the absence of effective treatments.
The CGCOM emphasizes that this disease, originating from work dedication, is inserted in an exercise of continuous risk. The total and percentage number of health workers infected by COVID-19 within the care provided to patients with said pathology, as well as the number of health workers who died from this cause, is very high.
In memory of the 116 doctors who died from COVID, of all those who suffer and have suffered the consequences of this disease and those who are on the front line, the CGCOM demands that the Secretary of State for Social Security and Pensions be recognized to the medical profession as a profession of risk.
In fact, the General Assembly of the World Medical Association, held in Córdoba (Spain) in October 2020, approved a urgent resolution calling for governments around the world to recognize that SARS CoV-2 infection is considered an occupational disease and that the medical profession be declared a “profession at risk”. It also requested that care for health professionals be a priority, especially in the field of mental health.