BE asks for urgent hearing from Marta Feared about lack of professionals in the NHS – Portugal

The BE today requested urgent parliamentary hearings from the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, as well as from the boards of administration of hospitals in the regions of Setúbal, Leiria, Algarve or Lisbon due to “the worrying lack of professionals” in these units.


“After the dismissals of the clinical director and the 87 professionals of the Setúbal Hospital Center and the lack of about 53 doctors at the Leiria Hospital Center, other worrying situations have been discovered in recent hours that have called into question the response capacity of various services in various hospitals of the National Health Service”, can be read in the application sent by the BE to the parliamentary Health Committee.

According to Moisés Ferreira, the Blocist deputy who signed this request, among these is the lack of around 100 doctors at the Hospital and University Center of the Algarve, the “worrying situation” at the Egas Moniz Hospital and the temporary closure of the obstetrics emergency in the Beja hospital due to the lack of doctors in the obstetrics specialty to fill out the scale.

Regarding the Setúbal Hospital Center, the BE had already asked this week for an urgent hearing of the professionals who were leaving.

“Given this scenario of widespread shortages from north to south, and with the country entering winter, a particularly complex phase for the weakest population, these hospitals and the population they serve, cannot continue to rely solely on tender announcements that are empty or of plasters that the Government announces over the knee in situations of disruption of services, as is the case of the 10 doctors for the Hospital Center of Setúbal”, he criticizes.

That is why the Blocists understand that the hearing of Marta Temido, as well as the Boards of Directors of the Centro Hospital de Setúbal, the Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Algarve, the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental, of the Algarve Hospital and University, be of the greatest urgency , from the Local Health Unit of Baixo Alentejo.

“In the understanding of the Left Block, this is a reality that, although regrettable, is not surprising. This shortage of professionals that is now becoming known is not only a reflection of the lack of fair compensation consistent with the efforts of this class, but also the inexistence of dignified and well-paid careers that establish these clinicians in the National Health Service”, he says.

The need to change the careers of professionals in the National Health Service has been, in fact, one of BE’s demands in the negotiations for the State Budget for 2022, having even the party leader, Catarina Martins, confronted the prime minister, António Costa on the subject in the debate that took place in parliament on Thursday.

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