The Professional College of Social Education of Cantabria (COPESCAN) has asked the Ministry of Health to resolve three posts in the category of medium technician of social educator that were created in 2017.
In a statement, COPESCAN pointed out that during these five years it has held “countless meetings” with the health authorities of this legislature and the previous one, in which the category was created by the then Minister of Health, Luisa Real.
In these meetings, the importance of the figure of the social education professional in public health has been expressed, “his concern about the increase in mental health problems among citizens and even more so after the pandemic, where there is a rapid increase in the whole population”. Showing concern, but it is worth paying attention to the phenomenon in young people. According to the school, “good words have always been received, but they remained the same”.
COPESCAN has informed the health authorities that professionals were working in the mental health sector of the Hospital de Liencres, performing social education tasks, “without having been hired as such and without academic qualifications.”
The college has indicated that, despite the fact that the administration said it was “under review”, its “surprise and outrage” came with the publication of the Cantabria Mental Health Plan 2022-2026 on 15 November 2022. In which it appears that the said hospital team is made up of “three social teachers …”, a situation “that does not correspond to the truth and has been condemned at every meeting”, he assured.
COPESCAN has expressed its “concern” over this “institutional apathy and neglect”. The college has condemned, “It is unusual for representatives of these institutions to allow and consent to perform functions for which they have not been hired, a situation which may be considered an irregular act.”
A complaint in which the unit is reaffirmed, almost six years later, that “they have left the ranks in limbo”, has not received an answer, but “many unfulfilled promises”, for which it hopes that in the next legislature “what we started as much hope” may end, and that in this last legislature “the lack of real participation of those responsible for the Ministry of Health has made it impossible to unblock “.