Andalusian Junta Minister of Health and Consumption Catalina García assured this Saturday that 12,000 contracted health professionals will be employed so far, in line with the mobilizations in different towns of Andalusia to defend public health and against its privatization. In Andalusia Health Services (SAS), Covid will continue in 2023.
Explaining that the future contracts of these experts will be associated with the needs of SAS, not Covid, the consultant said, “It is our will to do so. We are working with the Treasury to prepare employment plans.” , according to a note from the Andalusian government.
García listened to the demands of the Andalusian Government, expressing its desire to engage in dialogue with associations, platforms and trade union organisations, and told them about the progress Andalusian health care has made over the past four years, as well as its future plans to improve health care in Andalusia.
In this sense, he stated that there was only an open request from the province of Cádiz to meet with the Ministry.
The Minister of Health dismissed statements that Andalusian health was “progressively worsening”, according to a memo from the Andalusian Government arguing that “objectively, Andalusian health is better than it was four years ago.” .
“We have 34 more health and social health centres, 30,000 professionals joining the SAS, and an increase of around 5,000 million euros in the Junta’s health budget compared to 2018. Today Andalusia allocates 460 euros more to health per capita than four years ago” added the consultant.
Noting that surgical waiting lists in Andalusia have been reduced by 5%, “despite two years of difficult coexistence with the pandemic and finding half a million Andalusians in the drawer,” an Andalusian today is waiting from 208 days to 118 days to have surgery, 90 days less than four years ago. turns out.
Other data cited by the Minister of Health show that the average delay to Primary Care in face-to-face consultation has increased from 5.87 days, the maximum peak on 28 December 2021, to 3.1 days today. Our goal is to reach face-to-face care in 48 hours.”
García highlighted the contribution of the Welcome Consultation, where he has already attended one million consultations and assured that today it has resolved 55% of non-deferrable cases that go to health centers without an appointment.
The head of Health and Consumption placed the shortage of medical professionals in the National Health System as the main problem facing all autonomous communities in terms of health.
“The autonomous communities have a serious problem that will continue to grow if the Spanish Government does not increase their MIR positions. In this case, it is unthinkable that the 4,000 future professionals will be left out of the next call.” For this reason, he once again requested the Ministry of Health to increase MIR positions.
“In Andalusia, 698 doctors will retire in 2022 and 787 doctors in 2023. The lack of foresight of the previous Andalusian governments and the inadequacy of the MIR staff decided by the ministry brought us to this situation of lack of health workers,” he said. shook the adviser.
“We have launched new coverage plans from the Andalusian Government, highlighting the areas where the biggest challenges are, and presented the possibility of raising the retirement age in the situation.
“Andalusia, for the first time this year, the Autonomous Community offering the most MIR places, a total of 458, which means 33.9% more,” said Catalina García.
He underlined the commitment to modernize and update health infrastructures in Andalusia, with more than 1,800 actions and close to 1,500 million euros in investment.
Catalina García referred to 34 new healthcare facilities—6 hospitals, 4 day hospitals, 9 health centers, 9 outpatient clinics, 3 Emergency departments and 3 Early Childhood Care centers—which are much needed in the eight provinces of Andalusia.
“We will complete a much better health map than 2018 by finishing the work we started in the next legislature,” he said. decades of obsolescence”.
“The new Andalusian Government focused on this problem we faced in 2019. Since then we have made a real revolution in updating these facilities. One in three hospitals opened in Spain in 2021 was Andalusian. There are many hospitals. There are things to do but we are on the right track,” he said. Garcia.
The Minister of Health highlighted pay improvements for health workers and stabilization measures for Andalusian Health Service staff.
He stressed that all the measures taken to improve employment have an impact of 155 million euros per year and stabilize more than 67,000 professionals thanks to the latest public job offers.
“We abide by the commitments we have made with professionals who have achieved the goal of equalizing pay relative to other autonomous communities, because it was fair and fair to deal with the historical claims they make. Value for our healthcare system,” he said.
He referred to developments in the professional career of the new categories, which “do not have this and are the pending commitment since 2006” benefiting 40,000 professionals, which translates to 46 million euros in each Budget.
“Healthcare workers are the pillars of Andalusian Health Care, they are people who take Andalusian health forward with their efforts and sacrifices every day. As the Ministry of Health and Consumption, we are doing everything we can to improve their working conditions. We will continue on the way,” he said.
While the Minister of Health was talking about the concert himself, he used the 11.37% budget discount in the special item of concerts for referral to private hospitals.
Defending that public health is “doomed to extend the care intervention period”, the consultant said, “We will continue to refer to subsidized centers at any time according to the identified care needs.”
He stated that he allocated 4.69% of the budget allocated to concerts in 2012, 4.21% in 2018, 4.23% in 2020 and 3.84% in 2021 for concerts.
If the reference is strictly health concerts, the percentages will be 1.66% (2012), 1.62% (2018), 1.71% (2020) and 1.44% (2021).
“We know that there are problems in the Andalusian health system and we know what these problems are. We are aware of them and we are responsible for their solution. We have worked hard to improve it in the context of a pandemic every four years. We will continue in this line in 4 years,” he said.
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