The Minister of Social Policies, Equality, Families and Birth of the Community of Madrid, Alberto Reyero, resigned this Friday from his position wishing “luck and success” to the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and appealing to the “unity of the institutions as the most successful way to defeat the virus “, as he writes in his resignation letter, to which elDiario.es has had access. Reyero leaves the portfolio in the Government but will maintain his seat in the Madrid Parliament where he will join the work of the Citizens parliamentary group as one more deputy. His deputy counselor Javier Luengo, will be Reyero’s replacement.
Reyero’s resignation comes just one day after the lack of coordination within the regional government team became evident. While Díaz-Ayuso announced the presentation in the courts of an appeal against the new Health restrictions, Vice President Aguado, of Ciudadanos, like Reyero, called for an end to “fights in press conferences and courts.”
Until now, the counselor leaves “once the Debate of the State of the Region has passed and now that ordinary parliamentary activity is restarting.” “It is not a hasty decision, but a thoughtful one. I believe it is necessary to close a stage, step aside and return to my work in the Assembly, from where I will continue to defend the rights of the most vulnerable people,” he said.
Reyero leaves his position at the head of the council that has been the most controversial during the first wave of the pandemic due to the crisis in the residences where 6,000 died in just two months. The former Minister of Social Policies challenged the official speech of the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and publicly denounced the protocols of the Ministry of Health that denied the referral of the elderly from nursing homes to hospitals during the worst moment of the pandemic. Reyero, in a commission in the Madrid Assembly, described them as not very moral and possibly illegal and said that he was “radically against” these criteria reflected in several orders that rejected the admission to hospitals of certain users of nursing homes. greater.
Reyero affirmed that these protocols were contrary to the international rights of persons with disabilities. “Because we are citizens, we all have the right to public health care. Living in a residence does not lose that right,” lamented the counselor, who expressed himself “absolutely in favor” of creating an investigation commission in the Assembly to analyze the mortality of Madrid residences during this pandemic. A commission that has rejected the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who has accused the opposition of “politicizing pain” with it.
The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, thanked Alberto Reyero for “his time at work” to the Councilor for Social Policies, Equality, Families and Natality of the Community of Madrid, and wished him “the best” in his “new stage.” “He has called me before, we have been talking, he decides that he prefers to return to the Assembly, he is also a deputy and for personal reasons he has wanted to take this step,” said the regional leader in an interview in Cope.
Likewise, it has valued that the regional government is experiencing “the most difficult situation that one could imagine” and that it has been “a very tough months for everyone.” Reyero’s powers included nursing homes, one of the main focuses of the first wave of Covid.