The PS thanked Marta Temido this Tuesday for her “excellent term” as Minister of Health, saying that it would be “a miracle” if everything had always gone well and stressing that it is always necessary to “continue doing”.
“The PS wants today, publicly and unequivocally, to say thank you to Dr. Marta Temido, thank you for the years you were at the head of the Ministry of Health”, said deputy and PS leader Porfírio Silva, in a reaction in parliament to the resignation of the minister, announced this morning.
Porfírio Silva highlighted, in particular, the “terrible years” of the covid-19 pandemic, considering that Marta Temido was present “every day, every hour, as another essential worker”.
“It did well, as international institutions recognized. Portugal had one of the best performances in the world in the fight against the pandemic”, she praised.
The deputy and member of the PS National Secretariat also highlighted that Marta Temido “belonged to the PS Governments that reversed the cycle of disinvestment in the SNS”.
“Thank you, Dr. Marta Temido, is the word that the Portuguese and the PS have for themselves”, she said, adding that the minister had “an excellent mandate and gave her all”.
Asked if the PS does not admit flaws in these mandates of the Minister of Health, Porfírio Silva admitted that “it is impossible for any government or any ruler to do everything there is to do for the country”.
“You always have to keep doing it, a path has been made, it would be an extraordinary miracle if, in the midst of the circumstances, everything had always gone excellently (…) There is certainly more to do, the minister herself was working on new forms of organization of the SNS”, he stressed.
Asked if Temido’s biggest flaw was not being able to reorganize the SNS, Porfírio Silva recalled, once again, the years of the covid-19 pandemic.
“It is obvious that some things that the minister wanted to do were not possible in that time, at least not so quickly. No one would forgive the minister who said: now let the pandemic be there, and I will reorganize the services. It is life that dictates what we can do at each moment, we are not the ones who overlap reality”, she defended.
Asked if, in the PS’s opinion, Marte Temido would be able to remain in the government, Porfírio Silva referred this assessment to the minister herself and to the prime minister.
“They understood, in this circumstance, that it was better to interrupt this mandate, which is already quite long”, he stressed.
The vice-president of the PS bench also declined to comment on possible successors of Marta Temido, saying that this choice is entirely up to António Costa.
“Certainly the Prime Minister will take into account what is needed to continue the work that was being done, the ministers do not work alone, they work in a team with the rest of the Government and with the Prime Minister who coordinates. There is work to reorganize the SNS in progress and this will certainly be taken into account”, said the socialist leader.
The resignation of Health Minister Marta Temido constitutes the first “weight loss” in the XXIII Constitutional Government, which took office exactly five months ago, on March 30.
Marta Temido presented her resignation because she understood that she “no longer had the conditions” to hold the position.
The resignation, already accepted by the Prime Minister, was reported at dawn, but this morning an official source from António Costa’s office told Lusa that the replacement of the Minister of Health “will not be quick”, adding that the Head of Government would like was this governor to complete the process of defining the new executive direction of the SNS.
Marta Temido began her duties as Minister of Health in October 2018, succeeding Adalberto Campos Fernandes, and was minister during the last three executives, led by the socialist António Costa.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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