June 14, 2021

Carcedo hopes to approve the Primary Care plan that criticizes the PP

Carcedo hopes to approve the Primary Care plan that criticizes the PP

The Minister of Health, María Luisa Carcedo, has trusted that the Strategic Plan of primary care will have the support of the communities, although those governed by the PP have been critical for considering it a document that "at this moment is not credible" and has "pre-election intentions."

Carcedo has expressed himself in statements to the media before presiding over the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (SNS), which analyzes the Plan that seeks to "revitalize" and "boost" primary care since it has been "the most suffered the cuts "in the SNS in recent years.

The minister insisted that the document is the result of three months of "intense" work of the three groups that were created for this purpose: one formed by the representatives of the professions that participate in this specialty, another institutional in which they are present all the autonomous communities and another one formed by representatives of the citizenship.

He assured that most of the "thousands" of proposals submitted to the document have been incorporated, "that it has been worked collectively" and "everything debated has been taken into account".

Thus, he has not considered "at all" to extend the timetable foreseen for this reform and has shown his conviction that the document will go forward at this afternoon's meeting, which has ruled out having convened it for electoral reasons.

"I do not know what the electoral campaign has to do with this," the minister said in response to criticism from the PP communities, which considered that today's meeting is due to a "pre-election measure".

"We are dealing with an issue that is obviously necessary to pay attention and that is why we are charging for our work, regardless of whether there is an electoral campaign or not, therefore, we must continue working at all times," said Carcedo.

The document analyzed by the communities together with the minister in the Interterritorial contemplates, among other measures, guaranteeing that health centers give medical appointments that are not urgent in less than 48 hours.

In addition, it is committed to achieving that in the year 2022 there will be no quotas over 1,500 patients assigned to each doctor and 1,000 per pediatrician, "with a maximum margin of 10%". Currently, the fork moves between 2,000 in urban areas and 300, in rural areas.

But the Minister of Health of Castilla y León, Antonio María Sáez, (PP) has affirmed to the media before attending the meeting that the plan does not have "sufficient consensus", not only between the autonomies nor between the professionals, with what has stood out that in "this moment is not credible".

In his opinion, it is a "declaration of pre-electoral intentions", which "they are not in a position to approve".

For his part, the Andalusian Health and Family Councilor, Jesus Aguirre (PP), has highlighted some positive aspects of the plan but has agreed with Sáez that its approval is "hasty" because, among other reasons, it is not quantified since economic point of view and has asked Carcedo more time, so that things "are well done".

In the same sense has been pronounced the Madrid councilor, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, who has urged the Ministry to reach "a much broader consensus." "This can not be an emergency agreement, it does not require the emergency to close it today," he said.

On the contrary, the socialist communities have emphasized that it is a document of "great consensus", which according to Jesús Fernández, councilor of the Castilla-La Mancha branch, talks about "primary care leadership and orientation and prevention", an opinion that has been shared from Extremadura, José María Vergeles, who has valued "his commitment to prevention against pure and hard assistance".

Apart from the socialist autonomies, the document also has the support of the Health Minister of Navarre, Fernando Domínguez, who has relied on the text to be a "framework of bases for the next Government to develop it" and the responsible of Health of the Basque Country, Nekane Murga, because "primary care needs changes and strengthening".


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