“It is necessary to convince the population not to flee from the parishes, and to keep themselves in the files of the health units. If we empty them, the doctors are no longer needed where they are really needed.” The appeal was made by the president of the Macinhata do Voga Parish Council, Pedro Marques, while speaking at the recent Municipal Assembly of Agueda.
The parish advisors in the municipality recently met with the CEO of Baixu Voga Health Centers (ACeS), Pedro Almeida, to analyze the problems caused by the lack of doctors in providing health care closely and not returning to Ogweda confident of this. Better days, on the contrary. “The concern is still there and may increase,” the chair of the Masinhata Council assumed, warning that reducing the number of registered users could “allow doctors to escape” to neighboring municipalities, which are also in need.
The county should be awarded with five doctors, but only one has been confirmed to open a contest. This does not indicate continuing difficulties in ensuring the desired coverage.
The Aguida 1 joint healthcare unit currently has 3,000 users without a family physician appointment. And the doctor who will put up in Valongo de Fogga for commuting, perhaps in September, is considered “clearly weak”.
According to the chair of the Masinhata Council, the CEO warned that the future of primary health care “will very much pass through the room” in the course of preparing the municipal health plan.
“We have to show that we don’t create facilities without doctors, and make your voice deeper,” Pedro Marquez asked, addressing the mayor.
Doctor Shortage With Chances ‘Things Will Get Much Worse’
In his response, Jorge Almeida began by recalling that the “problem” of a shortage of doctors and nurses affects “the whole country”. The mayor was confident of an improvement in response with respect to the latter, as some immigrants may choose to return. On the other hand, family doctors are “no one” and the prospects are “getting worse”.
The mayor warned that the process of decentralization of specializations “does not allow” the Chamber to “appoint doctors or nurses.” A meeting in Ogoda with the health minister raised hopes of “special interest”, but a vacancy has been opened among the five doctors who were needed and two doctors are currently in the process of retiring.
Neighboring municipalities also need it and there are no vacancies. Our hopes have been dashed and this is the reality of the country. For the room, delegating competencies brings electricity bills and rents for some buildings and is a little more sweeping, and efficiencies are practically nil”, said Jorge Almeida.
Regarding the requirements for developing a municipal health plan, the mayor is of the view that the government’s intention, “as in educational messages”, is to identify which units are closing, but has ensured that at this time, the priority remains to restore facilities (see data below).
Vigil in Aveiro due to shortage of family doctors
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