Marea Blanca asks for more money for health in the Extraordinary Credit Law

  • The White Tide of Tenerife has appealed to the public to try to put pressure on all the political forces of the parliamentary arch so that in the debate on the Extraordinary Credit Law, scheduled for mid-July, the items will be increased to health and not end up going to the private-concerted, but redistribute in solving the real needs of Canarian citizens and public health workers.
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In a press conference, the spokesman of the White Tide of Tenerife, Jorge Bethencourt, has indicated that it is necessary to give a "blunt" response to the policies that are being carried out in the Canary Islands in the field of health and health, which are suffering a "progressive deterioration" since 2009, when the "brutal" cuts begin. He added that although in recent months more resources have been promised, he fears that they will be destined mainly to the private-concerted sector.

Jorge Bethencourt criticized that on the part of the Government of the Canary Islands there is no clear plan to defend the public, but to deteriorate the public and the private continues to profit, so "there is no other to mobilize and unmask the statements that are making day after day the political leaders, who confuse the population and do not adjust to reality ".

Cati Darias, from Intersindical Canaria (IC), made reference to the deficiencies posed by the Canarian public health in matters of personnel. In this regard, he indicated that the 8,000 places that the Health Department will offer does not mean that new staff will be hired. He clarified that half have been lost in this process of "deterioration" and assured that it will not recover "not a single square".

According to Darias, these places announced by the Ministry correspond to the 8,000 jobs "in precarious" that have been holding since the last offer of public employment, which came out in 2007 and has not yet concluded, and are the cash that keep Canarian public health at the tail of the Spanish State in the staff ratios by assisted population.

The union spokeswoman complained that on the part of the Canarian Executive has managed the health "by blow of improvisation" in the last thirty years, since he assumed this competence, and said that at this time there are "reduced" templates that have lost between 3,000 and 4,000 personnel due to the reduction of resources to public health and that have placed Canarias "far below" the ratios of the Spanish State.

He also criticized that the Law on Extraordinary Credit only includes 150 million euros for Health, when there was talk of 400 million, and that they are not intended for the hiring of personnel or the recovery of rights of health professionals, who have seen how they lowered the salary and they were increased the day, having to assume the load of two and three workers and 100,000 hours of more for not being adjusted the templates to the real coverage.


Cati Darias also attacked the "makeup engineering" that is being carried out in relation to the data of the waiting lists. In this regard, he assured that these lists will be reduced because they will be subjected to an "Excel engineering" process and the tables will be "manipulated" because the real population that is affected is not being more attended.

Guillermo de la Barreda, president of the Association for the Defense of Public Health of the Canary Islands, said that talking about waiting lists and staff is "talking about the great symptoms of a Canarian health that is sick", and assured that the "marketing" work that the Ministry has done "will not hide the reality".

De la Barreda said that the reduction of waiting lists would be a "miracle", because if in April there was a gap with respect to the month of December of almost 120,000 patients only in consultation, from April onwards will have entered more people, which means that downloading those lists is "almost impossible".

Using data from the Ministry of Health, he added that while in the Canary Islands there are 182 days of waiting for a surgery, in La Rioja there are 47 days even though the investment per capita in health is similar in both regions: 1,200 euros per person in the Canary Islands , compared to 1,300 euros in La Rioja. He added that 83% of specialty consultations in the Canary Islands take more than six months, when in the Community of Madrid, which has an investment of 1,100 euros per person, this percentage is 10%.

For this reason, he has also called on the population, trade unions and associations to "do something" and say "enough is enough" because politicians are "unable" to resolve a situation that deteriorates "year after year".

Although the reason for the press conference was to inform of the actions of pressure and mobilization that can be developed to get the Ministry of Health to apply urgent and long-lasting solutions, Jorge Bethencourt has indicated that as of today they are not preparing any mobilization because Marea Blanca "is not mature enough" to propose a mobilizing process and, above all, taking into account that part of the trade union organizations are "in the shadow of the umbrella" of the Health Minister, José Manuel Baltar.

Guillermo de la Barreda added that this time of year is "bad" for any mobilization, and believes that the ideal would be in the months of October and November, which is when the activity begins.

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