The PCP and ‘The Greens’ insisted, Thursday, on the need to invest in the National Health Service (SNS), at a time when the country is going through a new phase in the fight against the pandemic, praising the work of health professionals.
Speaking to journalists at Infarmed, in Lisbon, after the meeting that brought together, this Thursday and for the 23rd time, epidemiologists and politicians on the development of Covid-19 in Portugal, Jorge Perez, member of the Political Committee of the Popular Congress Party, indicated that the country is in a “new phase” “.
“What we heard here at the expert meeting on the development of the epidemic confirms an idea we’ve had for some time: that there is no reason at the moment to maintain restrictions on the normal activity of the Portuguese, the normal activity of the country.”
For the communist leader, “it is time to strengthen the NHS so that it takes on the responsibilities entrusted to it in treating the disease, in recovering from delays ‘which are necessary for this'”, advocates the People’s Congress, which strengthens the NHS.
Jorge Pires has argued that it is not enough to increase the number of professionals, it is necessary to estimate people “professional” and “salary”, so that they remain on the NHS.
The communist also made sure to leave a final note of praise for the work of these professionals in the fight against the epidemic.
“A lot of praise for the structure that accompanied the vaccination process, and a lot of praise for the Ministry of Health, the Directorate General of Health, the person who coordinated the ‘working team’ for the process and nobody remembered to say something that was key: that without health professionals, the vaccination wouldn’t have been possible. To proceed as it happened,” he emphasized.
Jorge Perez added that these people “were the link in this whole process” and that now they “cannot be forgotten, because they are now responsible for continuing to work, and many of them did not enjoy the holidays, and they will have to keep working. To work out the problems that naturally arise on the NHS”.
Speaking to Lusa in Parliament, Mariana Silva defended public investment in the environment party “Os Verdes” (PEV).
“We are moving towards a lighter phase, but this light phase has to take into account everything we have learned so far. And what we have learned so far is that we need to strengthen these public services that we all use and that we all need to be strengthened, so that we can somehow prevent this epidemic and future epidemics, because we don’t know what’s next,” he said.
For the Greens, investment in education is still necessary – “to get more operational assistants, to clear spaces and even to support young people and students” – and “it is also necessary to invest in the NHS”.
Mariana Silva also cautioned against prevention and investing in mental health.
“We also consider that in the state budget still in force, it is possible to do this, with PRR [Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência] It is possible to do so, and these investments are mainly aimed at preventing and overcoming some of the difficulties that we are seeing (…)”.
Finally, the deputy also wanted to thank the health professionals.
“Thank you to all the health professionals who have committed from the beginning, since when we didn’t know what the epidemic was until the vaccination, they are often prevented from living with their families because they worked in their health centers, in hospitals and on weekends or at the end of the day they went to vaccination centers” , He said.
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