Primary Care faces the end of the restrictions with a lot of “uncertainty”

Primary Care faces the end of the restrictions with a lot of “uncertainty”

The concentration for the defense and improvement of Primary Care took place this Sunday morning, in the Plaza de La Feria in the capital of Gran Canaria. / COVER AUDIOVISUAL SERVICES

The Association of the sector requests a larger budget, that the templates be expanded and that the work in the centers be reorganized

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

The Association of Primary Care Physicians of the Canary Islands (AMAPCAN) warned this Sunday that it faces with a lot of “uncertainty” the new reality that today comes into force in the face of the covid-19 pandemic after the end of all restrictions except the use of masks indoors.

“It is true that we are now in great uncertainty, because the protocol that comes into force on Monday reached us on Friday afternoon or Saturday.. We have many doubts and now we have to meet in the centers to see how we carry it out. We are not very clear about what the guards who are at the doors are going to do », he pointed out yesterday
Elena Perezspokesperson for the Association of Primary Care Physicians of the Canary Islands during the concentration held in the Plaza de La Feria and which had approximately fifty participants.

The lack of "reinforcements" generates much of this uncertainty that he denounced. “At the worst moment of the sixth wave, our colleagues in the ER were with the same number of professionals as before, when the population went to health centers with less intensity. Reinforcements were lacking for administrative issues such as nursing and among Primary Care physicians. We need to increase the templates to be prepared for anything that comes. In addition, the covid-19 is not over," Elena Pérez warned during this act that was repeated in most of the cities of the national territory after the call of the
platform 'Let's save Primary Care'.

Among the measures requested with this mobilization by the more than one hundred organizations involved are an increase in the budget allocated to the sector, extensive improvements in the professional staff and organizational changes to improve the treatment received by patients. “For this, many tasks that doctors have in consultations have to be removed. The figure of
health administrative we must strengthen it and expand its number. Nursing staff must also grow, as they have a lot of potential and have very well-trained professionals”, pointed out the AMAPCAN spokesperson.

He added two more issues to consider.
«We must demedicalize the centers, because any type of query that arrives must go through the doctors. We believe that in health centers there are other categories that can solve them, "he said while warning about the upcoming retirement of many professionals and the fact that those who approve the MIR do not want to go to Primary Care because the sector is poorly paid and overworked.

A moment from this Sunday's concentration. / cover audiovisual services

"Silent" pandemics that require more medical professionals

Elena Pérez, spokesperson for the Association of Primary Care Physicians of the Canary Islands, denounced the existence of "silent" pandemics that are not treated as patients need in health centers due to a lack of medical personnel. “For example, we have the case of mental health problems that come to us in consultations. Right now, the number of psychologists and psychiatrists we have is very low », she pointed out along with fifty demonstrators in the Plaza de la Feria.

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