Bulgarian GPs Protest the Administrative Burden of Their Profession

Today, general practitioners went out to protest and demand a decrease in their administrative duties. The administrative burden is just one of the many problems of GPs in Bulgaria. 

General practitioners, unhappy with their working conditions, protested the administrative burden they have been given throughout the years. The choice of date and location is not coincidental -  today in the National Palace of Culture there was an unofficial meeting of the Healthcare Ministers of the EU-countries. 

Doctors reckon that their inability to work properly comes from the multiple administrative tasks they have to manage. For instance, Dr Nikolay Kolev - the deputy chair of the Sofian union of GPs - says that he would love to take in more patients and further expand the number of patients visiting him but having to constantly play the part of an administrator, hinders his medical work. He claims that if he had enough money he would rent a private cabinet and hire an assistant to do the all the paperwork. 

Kolev explained that he can take between 20 and 30 patients per day and that more often than not his schedule is full for the two to three days ahead. If a patient happens to get really sick all of a sudden, it is almost impossible to fit them into the doctor's schedule. The former chief of the CPR department at "Pirogov" - prof. Milan Milanov added that it is not just "administrative burden". He said: "If it was the administrative burden - one could try really hard and carry it. But what we have is administrative chaos." 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

Comments (0)

Like Our Page on Facebook

Like our page to make sure you see all of our NEW articles!

Click to

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Subscribe and stay informed about all important events!