The transfer of competencies in the health field to the municipality has sparked some disagreement among the members of the elected councils of Alcanena. On several occasions, the mayor, Rui Anastasio, elected in a coalition led by the PSD, has shown that he is against accepting the powers of the central administration, either because it is a process imposed by the government or because of the reduced financial package that comes with it, considering it necessary to continue negotiations before accepting transfers .
On the other hand, Socialist Chancellor Hugo Santarem sees it necessary to be part of the process and not to be “watched from the outside” waiting to be decided what the executive is asking for. “Leaving the negotiating table will never work anywhere,” the Socialist chancellor explained.
Roy Anastasio stated that the position of non-acceptance has to do with the bargaining power that is lost when accepting, without refutation, the transfer of new competencies. The president stressed that he “does not say no because he does not, or leaves the table,” who still says that the municipal health department, which is done by those close to him, decides and resolves better, and faster, but it needs funds to do it. So.
Marilyn Carvalho, the consultant in charge of health, expressed her concerns about the fact that there are 5,578 citizens without a family doctor and it tends to increase with the retirement of some professionals. He also made some considerations regarding the uncertainty about the investment that would be necessary in the premises for health, noting that the €230,000 accompanying the transfer of skills was not enough if they still had to do maintenance and upkeep on the building.
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