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Interior recoils and allows women with endometriosis access to the Police if it does not show up to a “disabling degree”

The Ministry of the Interior will allow women who suffer from endometriosis to access the National Police as long as an individualized medical study does not establish that they suffer from this and other diseases from the medical table of exclusions to an “incapacitating degree”, according to an internal instruction of the General Directorate of the Police to which you have had access This order establishes the way to apply the Royal Decree on diseases that prevent access to the Body after the controversy raised by the information on endometriosis and other exclusive pathologies that Civio revealed.

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Royal Decree 326/2021, of May 11, by which the medical exclusion table for entry into the National Police was approved was limited to mentioning endometriosis, a disease suffered by one in ten women, in the list of pathologies that would veto access to the Corps. Now, the instruction of the Police Personnel Division and its Health Area specifies that incapacitation due to endometriosis and other diseases will only be given after an “individualized report” from a doctor in which he concludes that the degree of the disease is such that it prevents the sufferer from carrying out the tasks of a policeman.

Endometriosis is a chronic and benign disease that affects women of reproductive age. The endometrium, a tissue or mucosa that lines the inside of the uterus and whose function is to house the zygote when a woman becomes pregnant, grows outside the uterus, commonly in the fallopian tubes, ovaries or surrounding areas. Endometriosis causes very intense menstrual pain that spreads through the pelvis, abdomen or back, with heavy bleeding and sometimes leakage between periods.

However, the disease does not incapacitate most women who have it, according to experts. has been reporting the invisibility of endometriosis despite being a disease that can affect some two million women in Spain and the errors of diagnosis suffered by many of them when they go to the doctor [leer también aquí, aquí y aquí]

The Royal Decree of May 11 updates the catalog of medical exclusions for applicants to the National Police, including endometriosis for the first time. According to information from Civio, other State Security Forces and Bodies banished endometriosis as a disease that prevents access to the Corps. The Mossos d’Esquadra, for example, vetoed endometriosis for the last time in 2017, but in their subsequent calls -of 2019 Y 2021– removed this impediment. In the case of the Civil Guard and the Army, it is considered as a cause of medical exclusion, although only in those cases where it is “incapacitating”, precisely the nuance introduced by the new internal order of the Police of which it reports today

According to the aforementioned instruction, the Royal Decree already included a section that alluded to the indivudalized evaluation, but its lack of specificity has motivated the instruction of the Sanitary Area of ​​the Police Personnel Division. “All pathologies that have a functional qualification will only be taken into account when the degree to which they occur is disabling for the development of police function, especially applicable in pathologies such as endometriosis, osteosynthesis, anatomical loss of limbs or organs, etc. . In such cases, an individualized and explanatory report must be made on how it affects the police function, “the instruction states.