In the official messages, sent after the inauguration of the government, which took place this afternoon in Palácio da Ajuda, in Lisbon, the Autonomous Order of Physicians (SIM) expresses its “commitment and availability” to cooperate in finding solutions to problems affecting each ministry at the level of health professionals and users.
Speaking to Lusa Agency, the union’s general secretary, Jorge Roque da Cuna, said SIM is a “constructive union” and, as such, intends to start the new government “a process that improves the health status of the Portuguese”. . “.
“We have asked the Ministry of Health, where there are several issues mainly related to the lack of investment and the shortage of professionals, which is weakening the National Health Service every day, for a quick meeting with that ministry,” he said.
In the letter addressed to Health Minister Marta Temido, SIM expressed its readiness to find solutions to “improve the SNS and motivate doctors”, considering the beginning of the negotiation process with medical unions “essential”.
Regarding the Department of Defense, Jorge Roque da Cunha explained sending the message with several doctors leaving “very recently” due to “the inability to reform,” stressing his commitment to helping find solutions to improve “serious care problems” to “military veterans and their families.”
For this, the document states, “It is necessary to strengthen the medical profession, increase the number of physicians, avoid termination and reverse the source of medical providers who represent more than 60% of the care provided.
“Unfortunately, the Ministry of Finance, despite the efforts of its predecessor, has not resolved a serious injustice suffered by ten and a half doctors,” says Sim, requesting to meet the new Minister of Defense, Helena Carrera.
On the other hand, “it is very dangerous” what is happening in prisons, as the General Directorate decided last week to “change the salaries of doctors,” arguing that “it is necessary that the number of health service providers be reversed as well.”
“There are more and more providers instead of doctors on the prison staff, and therefore, we also asked to meet with the Minister of Justice, [Catarina Sarmento e Castro]Expressing the availability of the SIM, he said, “to improve critical problems of prison assistance and to strengthen the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences.”
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