Friday, September 22, 2023

Hundreds of demonstrators demand public health care in the eight provinces “without cuts or privatization”

The Andalusian Health Service Workers’ Group (Atsas) has called for demonstrations this Sunday in the eight Andalusian provinces to defend public health care “without cuts or privatizations”.

The organizing organization counts hundreds of participants in the various rallies that have taken place in front of the doors of the main hospitals in the provincial capitals.

In Granada, for example, the protest took place in the Virgen de las Nieves hospital in front of the courts; in Jaén, at the main entrance of the Medical Surgical Hospital; in Huelva, in external consultations with Juan Ramón Jiménez; in Cádiz, at the Puerta del Mar Hospital; in Almería, at the main entrance of the Torrecárdenas Hospital; in Malaga, in the Alameda Principal, in front of the government delegation; at the main entrance of the Virgen del Rocío in Seville; and in front of the emergency room of the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba.

The White Tides from all provinces took part in the rallies, which are also supported by other unions and platforms such as CCOO and UGT.

The group points out that the reason for these calls is to demand that the “backlogs” in some categories since 2019 be cleared, as well as more hiring to avoid a “closure” of services, beds, centers, coverage Holidays, permits and discounts to be avoided in 100% working hours and the “non-privatization” of public health in Andalusia.

They also propose to shorten waiting lists so that patients “do not have so many problems and thus avoid that in some cases they die without a diagnosis or that treatment comes too late” and demand that “no changes be made” . SAS stock market, “as a unification of stock exchange and OPE criteria.”

UGT expects the Ministry of Health to “take note of the proposals2”.

For its part, the UGT union has trusted that the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs will “take note” of the concentrations this Sunday, stressing that workers and citizens “are fed up with the neglect and apathy that puts our public health system in a situation. “of chaos and abandonment”.

“In addition to the endless waiting lists for our patients, there is also the neglect of the exchange for professionals, which leads to clogged, hand-picked contracts and even the privatization of services with the excuse that there are no professionals on the exchange lists.” And it is has not been updated since 2021, new professionals cannot be registered and the equality, merit and skills that form the basis of public and transparent contracting have been undermined,” the union stressed.

In conclusion, the UGT emphasized that “given that workers do not have access to a contract due to the negligence of this administration, services are overloaded and there are endless waiting lists, it is logical and normal that these protests occur, which are not will be the last, if there are any.” no radical change in health policy, which is currently difficult to imagine.

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