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IU-Green demands the reopening of the health centers in Lorca in the afternoon and permanently (11/01/2018)

For the councilor of IU-Greens, Gloria Martin, "it is not the flu that is collapsing the urgencies of hospitals but the policy of cuts in essential rights of the PP."

The recommendation of the Murcian Health Service is that, in the face of the symptoms of the flu, users go "as a priority" to health centers and emergency services of primary care, which Martin considered "a joke in bad taste" taking note that some Lorca have to wait almost two weeks to get an appointment

The councilor of Izquierda Unida-Verdes, Gloria Martín, has demanded the reopening of the centers of Primary Attention of Lorca in the afternoon schedule permanently.

A "health cut" that is primed primarily with workers, who can not go to their family doctor if it is not at the cost of losing hours of their workday, and also with the student body.

Something that also contributes to congest emergency services.

Martín said that the closure of health centers in the evening, decreed by the PP five years ago, is the fundamental cause that the pressure of care due to the reach of the epidemic threshold of influenza is causing the saturation of the emergency services of the Rafael Méndez Hospital and the only Primary Care Emergency Service (SUAP) with which the municipality has.

Therefore, "it is necessary to rethink the health model imposed by the PP in Area III of Health," he said.

The mayor of IU-Greens said that the situation becomes "unsustainable" at Christmas or in the summer due to the lack of replacement of health professionals who enjoy vacations or days of free disposal, which is forcing them to double or even triplicate quotas as it happens in the Health Center of San Diego- which entails an overload of "brutal" work for doctors and nurses, and a significant reduction in the quality of care.

In addition, it prevents public health users from accessing primary care normally.

As an example, Martín explained that she herself has requested an appointment to go to her family doctor and that the first available is "within a week."

"It is not the worst case, we know that in other health centers appointments are delayed up to twelve days," he said.

Therefore, for Martín, "it is not the flu that is collapsing the urgencies of hospitals but the policy of cuts in essential rights of the PP".

The recommendation of the Murcian Health Service is that, in the face of the symptoms of the flu, users go "as a priority" to health centers and emergency services of primary care, which Martin considered "a joke in bad taste" taking Note that some Lorca have to wait almost two weeks to get an appointment.

"It is something indecent and improper of a region that says part of the First World," he said.

"What do they want the neighbors to do? What do they self-medicate? What do they go to the Emergency Room to spread the virus and to spend hours and hours sitting in a waiting room with fever and pain?" He criticized.

In that sense, the councilor of IU-Greens lamented that for the autonomic executive the citizen is not the center of Murcia's public health system.

Rather, on the contrary, "the PP is turning health into a market niche for insurers and companies that own private, subsidized hospitals, at the expense of the health of those who can not afford to pay for private medical insurance or attend a private consultation. "he complained.

For the mayor of IU-Greens, this situation, aggravated at certain times of the year, is a constant, as evidenced by the fact that health personnel are obliged to attend to each patient of Primary in a scheduled time of only five minutes, what he called "infamous".

Professionals who, in addition, have to distribute the working day between the attention in consultation, home visits and bureaucratic tasks.

"Doctors and nurses need time to be able to talk with their patients, which would improve efficiency, optimize resources, and even reduce waiting lists in specialties," he explained.

Reopening the consultations in the evening and betting on proximity care is also an intelligent measure to reduce health spending, since emergency care is more expensive than the one provided in Primary Care.

Finally, Martín recalled that, in 2016, the management of the Murcian Health Service considered "improving accessibility for patients" in the Plan for the Impulse and Improvement of Primary Care in the Region of Murcia ( Paimap) 2017-2020, without, finally, this measure has materialized.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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