Workers of the regional hospital of Verín (Ourense) and neighbors of the whole area have celebrated this Saturday a symbolic end of the year, where traditional bells have not been missing, to request the recovery of the paruary and the presence of pediatricians in the region in order to not having to travel to the city of Ourense to be taken care of.
With this festive-vindictive event, convened by the Platform in Defense of Public Health of the region, hundreds of people have taken to the streets to sing the well-known cry of “Verín non pecha” that gave way to the bells from the symbolic castle made for the occasion, where the clock was not missing and in which each bell symbolized a wish.
This act took place only one day after knowing that the hospital manager, Miguel Abad, has submitted his resignation, that the Galician Health Service (Sergas) ensures that it occurred “by mutual agreement” and for “strictly personal” reasons .
“This protest takes place against this incoherent and absurd decision to close the delivery room and remove pediatric emergencies, and what better way to do it than doing these bells to ask for its reopening,” said the spokeswoman for the hospital’s delegate commission, Eva Fernandez.
Asked about the resignation of the manager, this representative has opined that “it should have occurred on day 2, when he joined, because it was a decision where the workers’ representatives were not taken into account.”
In any case, he has said that this resignation is “positive” in that he “gives the reason” to the workers regarding the latest controversial decisions taken by Sergas and the Xunta.
During the bells, the protesters have claimed with each one “the recovery of pediatric emergencies” and the “reopening of the parliament”, after questioning the criteria used by the Xunta and the Sergas to proceed to its closure.
At this point, they have ironic with the possible lack of expertise of doctors as a result of the low number of deliveries and wondered if a firefighter loses expertise when he does not put out fires.
The main applause has come to ring the eighth, ninth and tenth bells, in which protesters have requested the resignations of the Minister of Health, Jesús Vázquez; of the manager of the EOXI of Ourense, O Barco y Verín, Félix Rubial; and that of the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, as the head of the situation.