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María Marín: "The Regional Government must immediately stop the ERTE announced by the Molina de Segura Hospital" (26/03/2020)

The spokesperson for Podemos in the Regional Assembly, María Marín, has called this morning for the "immediate stoppage" of the ERTE announced yesterday by the Molina de Segura Hospital, something that represents "a real nonsense in the midst of a health emergency" by COVID-19 .

The deputy recalled that the decree with which the State of Alarm is declared "empowers the autonomous administration to intervene the resources of private health and put them at the service of the fight against the pandemic."

Marín has pointed out that "this situation is not new, but is the consequences of the management model developed for more than two decades in the Region of Murcia, consisting of the privatization, concerts and outsourcing of public services."

For the spokeswoman, "what we are seeing during these days shows that this model is ineffective, has failed, and also causes such perverse effects as a private company proposing to cut healthcare resources in the midst of a global pandemic."

In addition, the deputy pointed out that "this privately managed health system only leads to increased spending, while benefits and services are cut and the health of the population is not guaranteed at the most crucial moments."

"Health cannot follow market criteria, prioritizing the economic benefit of a company over the patient's health, but must be guided exclusively by medical criteria," he added.

On the other hand, Podemos Region of Murcia considers "especially worrying" the situation of residences and occupational centers for people with disabilities.

As Marín has pointed out, "the lack of health personnel in these centers has been denounced for months by the unions, and explains the very serious situations we are experiencing."

The deputy recalled that "already in October" reports were released that denounced that the IMAS nursing homes "only had a nurse for every 40 elderly or severely disabled people in the morning, for every 62 residents in the afternoon and for every 100 users at night. "

In addition, since June the Churra occupational center "lacks a doctor, as the staff itself has denounced."

Given this situation, Podemos has demanded that the Regional Government "take note and withdraw some regional budgets that propose a cut in spending on medical supplies and hospital pharmacy by 16.6%", which represents almost 50 million euros (46,688. € 733), less for these investments.

The spokesperson recalled that Podemos proposed an amendment to "reinforce primary care and launch the ICU of the Hospital de Caravaca, which has been in a drawer for 4 years. These resources would have been very useful in a situation like this" .

Source: Podemos Región de Murcia

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