The President of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, has rejected the proposed criteria for the distribution among the autonomous communities of the fund of 16,000 million euros non-refundable that the central government has announced to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In a telematic press conference after participating in the videoconference of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, with the presidents of autonomous governments, Vara has expressed that the distribution proposal is not adequate and has asked for a consensus formula to be found, accepted by “everyone” and make it more “fair”.
“The criterion of evaluating ICUs seems good to me, that of the number of hospitalized does not seem good to me,” said Vara, who defended that there are communities that have made decisions in the area of isolation, to incorporate new resources outside the scope hospitable, so you don’t see it “a defensible criterion”.
As an example, it has been asked why if two communities hire 500 nurses, one exclusively for hospitals, while the other distributes them by nursing homes and senior centers, the second is not entitled to receive funding. “It seems to me that it does not hold up and we have to find another formula,” he said.
The president is unaware of the global volume of distribution in all the territories but understands that Extremadura “would be better off” stopping with another route than this “in which only pure and simple hospital spending is contemplated.”
As he has assured, Extremadura could not receive “anything” for the almost 600 contracts made in the residences, “but it is that of the 1,570 that we have expanded in the Extremadura Health Service (SES) everything that has not been hospitable either”, such as those carried out in Primary Care.
Vara has admitted that “obviously” ICU beds must be taken into account, because “it was not the same to have had 50 patients in the ICU than 1,500.” “It is not about getting smart, it is about looking for something that is as fair as possible,” he said.
On the other hand, it has asked the Government to suppress the time slots, since it considers it “absurd” that in phase one people can “move freely” within the same province, go to shops and cafes, but sports or walks must be carried out in a specific period.