FACUA signs a manifesto in support of Public Primary Care together with five other organisations

A document advocating for the maintenance and improvement of the public health sector with 27 steps has been proposed.

FACUA signs a manifesto in support of Public Primary Care together with five other organisations

FACUA-Consumers in Action, along with the Federation of Associations for the Defense of the Public Health Sector, the NGO Medicus Mundi, the Confederation of Neighbouring Associations, and the two main unions CCOO and UGT, have written a manifesto in support of Primary Health Care.

The six organisations presented a document with 27 steps for the maintenance and improvement of Primary Care as a fundamental aspect of its management this Tuesday (October 30th), something which will be beneficial for the overall Public Health System.

The organisations have defended the need to improve the accessibility of the health services, in addition to demanding that patients are guaranteed a consultation meeting within a maximum of 48 hours, that the capacity of the doctors is reviewed in order to avoid overcrowding, and that the health centers are open in the mornings and afternoons.

In a similar vein, to guarantee citizens the right to a public and quality health sector, the organisations have asked for a budget increase for the Public Health System -to recover the 7.2% of Gross Domestic Income- and that specifically of Primary Care until reaching 25% in five years. In addition to recovering the employment lost during 2009-2016, increasing the presence of paediatricians so that no irregularities or inequalities exist within the population, and increasing the amount of spaces available within hospitals.

The organisations have stated the necessity of incorporating new professionals in the health care teams, prioritising physiotherapists, nursing assistants, administrative staff, clinical pharmacy staff, optometrists, superior radiodiagnostic and lab technicians, as such establishing personal references and defining professional profiles.

The organisations have also requested better working conditions to combat the uncertainty and to be able to recover emigrated professionals, so that the health service is public rather than one that continues to be privatised, which negatively affects its accessibility and overall quality.

Furthermore, they have urged for a democratic participation in the planning process, development and control of the programs and activities of the Primary Healthcare service, establishing advice and tips on good health in all fields and giving the programs purpose and the ability to adopt decisions of a binding nature.

Lastly, the organisations have suggested the importance of creating plans to investigate and address the problems and necessities of health care areas, to allocate sufficient resources to these activities and adapt the help in investigation to the own characteristics of Primary Health Care.