30 people (17 of them, 43%, women) will be in charge of advising the Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, about "the two legs of the welfare state" -as she usually refers to health and social services-that she has to manage. Of these, 24 are specialists in the public health system, and defenders of it. And 15 form a new section dedicated to social services (the theme that takes, for the attention to dependence, 75% of the ministerial budget).
Regarding health, only one person, Pilar Garrido, former president of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology, Repeats of the 30 people that formed the previous Advisory Council (10 of them, women), appointed on February 13 of last year by Dolors Montserrat (PP). The rest are new, with three outstanding absences: there are no representatives of professional associations or private health. The first will become part of a committee of health professions (although it is in the council Juan José Rodríguez Sendín, former president of the Collegial Medical Organization). Nor will it be Tomás Castillo, Chairman of the Platform of Patient Organizations, who are left without representation.
The council will preside Pedro Sabando, number two of the ministry when the General Law of Health was drafted and very close to Carcedo. The vice president will be Natividad de la Red, specialist in social services. Another heavyweight of health management will also be present in the PSOE, as Fernando Lamata (He has been Minister of Health of Castilla-La Mancha and Secretary General of the Ministry).
Marciano Sánchez Baile, pediatrician and president of the Platform of Associations for the Defense of Public Health, enters the council, as Rafael Bengoa, former Health Councilor of the Basque Country and a reference in the transformation of the system to direct it to chronic patients. Another named management expert and is José Ramón Repullo.
As corresponds to the tasks of the ministry, there are specialists in public health (Joan Ramon Villalbí), primary care (Veronica Casado, who has just been elected the best elementary doctor in the world) and in health economics (Beatriz González López-Valcárcel), former senior officials of the department (Rosa Urban, Carmen Moya -I was delegate of the National Plan on Drugs -) – And ethics (Javier Sanchez Caro) and the investigation (María Blasco, director of the National Center for Oncological Research, which has just been recognized as the best cancer research center in Europe).
In addition, there are several well-known clinicians: Santiago Ramón y Cajal (internist), Fernando Carballo (digestive, president of the Federation of Spanish Medical Scientific Associations), Juan Antonio Vargas (surgery) and Juan Luis Pedreira (mental health).
In the social services section, the name of Matilde Fernández, ex Minister of Social Affairs of Spain (Felipe González created the portfolio for her), and that of José Manuel Ramírez, president of the State Observatory of Dependency, the set of benefits to which three out of four euros of the ministry is dedicated. Like Fernández, also belongs to the PSOE Lucía Corral Ruiz, a graduate in Social Work.
Other members of the council are Margarita León Borja, sociologist; Julia Montserrat Codorniú, expert in social policies; Margarita Mari-Klose, from the University of Barcelona (UB); Teresa Zamanillo Peral, social worker; Asunción Martínez Román, PhD in Sociology and professor at the University of Alicante; María Jesús Brezmes Nieto, expert in mental illness; Gregorio Rodríguez Cabrero, specialized in social-labor inclusion; Luis Ayala Cañón, economist; Luis Moreno Fernández, Professor of Research at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (CSIC); Manuel Aguilar Hendrickson, also a professor at the UB; Joseba Zalakain Hernández, who has published on discrimination against women Y Vicente Marbán Gallego, specialist in associationism.