The closing conference was due to be held in Budapest in December 2020. It was delayed and held as an online meeting on January 13th and 14th 2021 due to issues around the management of the COVID-19 epidemic. This has led to pressures on all the hospitals involved in this project and limited both their availability and their ability to create change in the day surgery pathway.
The IAAS and HAAS would like to thank all involved in working hard on their local projects despite the pressures they were under. It is a credit to the hospitals and their staff.
There was excellent attendance at both days of the Conference with 120 Registered and active participation from the IAAS, HAAS, the EU, the hospitals, the Hungarian authorities including the Health Insurance Fund.
The day started with welcome messages from
- Prof. Dr. Gamal Eldin Mohamed – Project leader, SRSS project; President of HAAS, Past President of IAAS
- Mr. Florin Popa, EU Commission, Directorate General for Structural Reform Support Committee
- Prof. Dr. Douglas McWhinnie, President IAAS – Chair of the project’s Scientific Committee
- Mrs. Gabriella Pal – Head of Department – e-Health Coordination Department, Department of Health Development Policy, Ministry of Human Capacities
|Dr.||Dinyáné Zsibrita Mária|
|Dr.||Kisimréné Györkös Ágnes|
|Prof. Dr.||Furka István|
|Prof. Dr.||Mikó Irén|
|Dr.||Kovácsné Balogh Ildikó|
|–||Ilk Balázs Ferenc|
|Dr.||Svéda Szabolcs István|
|–||Kovácsné Szabó Edit|
|–||Makráné Juhász Tünde|
|Dr.||Nagy Z. Zsolt|
|Dr.||Kovács József Ferenc|
|Ávár Ildikó Dóra|
|–||Kozmáné Farkas Katalin|
|–||Soósné Varga Tímea|
|Dr.||Klemencsics Zoltánné Budánovics Noémi|
|–||Tasiné Nagy Anita|
|–||Batkáné Sztoics Éva|
|–||Svédáné Sztrakay Krisztina|
|–||Selmeisterné Segesdi Judit|
|Nagyné Graman Judit|
|Szívósné Vakulya-Vereb Lídia|
Outcomes from the Conference
During the first day (January 13th, 2021) of the Closing Meeting, the 8 target hospitals gave positive reports about their intentions and plan to build dedicated day surgery activities and units, of course with the possible support from the healthcare authorities. This was the main goal that the Project reached. The second day of the meeting was mainly devoted to the presentations of the healthcare policymakers. The State Secretary of Health in the Ministry of Human Capacities (MOHC) and the representative of the National Insurance Health Fund showed the commitment of the health care authorities to develop day surgery and give all the support needed to begin the organization and implementation of day surgery all across Hungary, using the results and recommendations of the SRSS Project forwarded by the IAAS and HAAS.
The overall summary of the Project achievements is that it was successful in meeting all the requirements, purposes, aims and outcomes enrolled in the SRSS Agreement. It is recognised by the Hungarian Healthcare authorities as a framework to open the nationwide negotiations to serve the process of implementation of high quality and safe day surgery in Hungary.
Final comment from Professor Douglas McWhinnie, IAAS President
Sustainability is key to the success of any project and one pillar of this is continuing support until a project can be self-sustaining. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited some of the support that was planned during this project and limited the amount of effort and time each hospital has been able to apply to changing their pathways.
For day surgery to progress it is important that future support is planned for the staff in the 8 hospitals and for all units across Hungary. The multidisciplinary team represented by nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and managers are just starting out on their day surgery journey and continued support will pay dividends. This would be best served by cooperation between the MOHC, EU Commission, IAAS and HAAS.
In the meantime, the IAAS remain committed to supporting the 8 hospitals as much as we can. Online support by IAAS experts especially when planning the design of pathways, design of new facilities etc is quite easy to organise due to the breadth of experience across the IAAS. If future face to face meetings or training sessions were requested, then the IAAS could look at this, however it is important that this is part of plans for development of day surgery supported by the Ministry.