The new Government of the Junta de Andalucía has questioned the system of recognition of aid and assistance to people entitled to benefit by dependence on the former PSOE executive. After confirming that, according to the monthly data published by the System for Autonomy and Attention to Dependency (SAAD) there are 109,470 pending citizens to be served, the counselor of Equality, Rocío Ruiz, has ensured that 34,373 Andalusians had not been accounted for in these statistics. "This figure corresponds to the people who have submitted the application, but have not been called for assessment, which increases by 45.8% official figures," said Ruiz. To alleviate this situation, the Ministry has launched a shock plan of 77 million aimed solely at digitizing the access system and that does not include aid or investment in personnel.
"It is a program of streamlining and digitalization to simplify procedures and thus reduce waiting time," said the counselor. In Andalusia there are 212,243 people who have been recognized the right to benefit by dependence, Ruiz said, 7% more than in 2017, according to the SAAD data. The majority of pending cases, 49,672, according to the figures provided by García, are beneficiaries of Grade I, who have a moderate degree of dependency. In grade II there are 17,229 and in grade III, 8,196 people. According to the counselor, there are two waiting lists, one that appears on the web and another "fictitious" of people who have submitted the request in writing and are not registered telematically and whose number is unknown.
The PSOE has accused the bipartisan executive of manipulating the data and has insisted that the wait in the attention is due to the underfinancing of the dependency system caused by the cuts promoted by the Executive of Mariano Rajoy. The Government of the nation has the obligation to finance 50% of the dependency system, leaving the other 50% in charge of the Autonomous Communities In Andalusia, recalled the coordinator of the General Secretariat of the PSOE of Andalusia, José Fiscal, the Board has been contributing 82%, compared to 18 % of the Spanish Executive. The co-financing in the matter of dependence was one of the claims of those whose son was the previous government of the socialist Susana Díaz. The Andalusian budgets of 2018 allocated 1,220 million euros to Dependency, equivalent to 70% of the 1,723 million reserved for all of Spain in 2019.
Without accounting for the 34,000 waiting cases detected by the Board, only Catalonia, the Canary Islands and La Rioja show a more negative result than the Andalusian in terms of dependents recognized but who still does not receive aid, in the case of the first two over the 30% The Andalusian Ombudsman opened an ex officio action in 2016 as a result of the complaints received by those affected by the delay in receiving the aid - not by the waiting list. Since then, the community has reduced by 28% the so-called "limbo of dependence", according to the data of the System for Autonomy and Attention to Dependency (SAAD) of the Ministry of Health, which is how dependents are defined with the right to the benefit, but who still do not receive it.
The criticism to the management of the assistance to the dependency of the previous socialist government joins the denunciation that the new Executive of the Board made about the concealment of patients on the waiting list in the Public Health system. In both cases, the controversial point for the accounting lies in the moment in which the moment in which an applicant enters the waiting service is counted.