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Farewell to Engelbert Buchartz (65) / No successor found yet / Torsten Kuper looks after patients alone for the time being

Ottersberg - (fet) · Engelbert Buchartz said goodbye to his patients on Sunday with a reception in his practice. After 26 years of dedicated work as a country doctor in Ottersberg, the 65-year-old is retiring. The cheerful mood among the many visitors could not hide the fact that saying goodbye is not so easy for a number of Ottersbergers; occasionally even a few tears rolled.

"Thirty years ago I would not have thought that the large community of Ottersberg would one day become my second home," said Buchartz in his short address. With humorous words, he reviewed the essential stages of his professional career. After completing his studies, he quickly came to the conclusion that a specialist medical orientation was too one-sided for him. As a general practitioner, he would rather look after all patients. During his two years in surgery and the internal department at the Achimer Hospital, Buchartz met his future partner Dr. Manfred Höke know. Together they decided to settle down as country doctors.

Buchartz and his family had already found a domicile in the large community of Ottersberg, so it made sense for him to open his practice in this area as well. In a central location in the middle of town, the former ballroom of Schloh’s Hotel was ideal for this purpose. The von Spreckelsen couple, owners of the property, started a renovation according to the wishes of the doctors - and on April 2, 1984 Buchartz and Höke opened their own practice in Grünen Strasse. With the two medical assistants Doris Pointmayer and Erika Drakopoulos, the two doctors literally built a practice out of nowhere that cared for around 2000 patients per quarter. Today, as Buchartz noted critically, the health care system is only assessed according to economic efficiency. While the doctor used to be able to orientate himself to the patient, he now has to justify every minute. The immense paperwork required a lot of time that was missing in treating the sick.

In a short acceptance speech, Buchartz's new young practice partner Torsten Kuper emphasized the very good cooperation and social commitment of his departing colleague. At the same time, Kuper made it clear that this type of country doctor would soon no longer exist. With heartfelt words he paid all his respect to his colleague. With the new practice building on Grellenbrook, both had pulled together.

With great regret, Kuper pointed out that there was still no successor for Buchartz in practice. For a year now he has tried very hard to motivate young doctors for this position - unfortunately without success. There were three interested parties who canceled for various reasons. Young doctors would rather practice in the city: “Nobody wants to be a country doctor anymore.” In addition to the work intensity, the entrepreneurial risk is too great for many. What Kuper cannot understand personally. For the time being, Torsten Kuper will have to look after the patients alone - an unsatisfactory and precarious situation, because in the long run the work for a doctor is too much.

Although he has done his job with body and soul, Engelbert Buchartz is now looking forward to his private life. With a working day of twelve to fourteen hours, there wasn't much time for the family - a shortcoming that he now wants to make up for. But he cannot completely let go of his calling. He does not rule out putting on his doctor's coat for the organization “Doctors Without Borders” at some point.

The farewell was accompanied musically by singer Janine Mprezz Smith. Photographer Andrea Keuk contributed a new waiting room exhibition with her “Heavenly Pictures”. Both artists come from Narthauen.