Wednesday, October 5

The Government saves the first parliamentary process of the health equity law

The health equity law continues. The Government has saved its first parliamentary procedure after obtaining the support of its investiture partners, who have voted against the amendments to the totality presented by Ciudadanos and Vox. The amendments to the totality have only garnered 64 votes in favor against 191 votes against and the PP’s 88 abstentions. Junst and PDeCAT paved the way by withdrawing their amendments, as confirmed by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, at the beginning of her intervention. Both formations reached an agreement with Health a few hours after the vote so that the safeguarding of regional powers was guaranteed. “During the parliamentary process we will work to influence respect for the statutes of autonomy”, indicated the head of Health.

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Until this Wednesday, there were also certain doubts regarding the meaning of the vote of United We Can, which had demanded on numerous occasions that the regulations be clearer in regard to health privatization. “I think it is important to signify that this project complies with the coalition agreements: expand citizen rights and strengthen our National Health System,” Darias defended.

United We Can has defended in the tribune that “the private management of a public service is a fraud” and has made Vox and Ciudadanos ugly by not understanding what a public service is. The deputy Rosa María Medel has expressed the desire that the partial amendments of United We Can “be in the law” and she has asked the minister to discuss this with them. “Between all of us we have to save Spanish Health”, she has concluded.

The spokesman for the confederal group, Pablo Echenique, had already advanced this Wednesday that they would facilitate the processing of the ‘Darias law’ after agreeing with the PSOE to try to modify the text in the phase of partial amendments to include more limitations on health outsourcing.

From United We Can they have been very critical of the text since they consider that it does not include real restrictions on health privatization or repeals Law 15/1997 promoted by former President José María Aznar, which opened the doors to the indirect management of public health services .

United We Can aspire to include that exceptional outsourcing does not exceed one year and that in no case is it used for the management of hospitals or health centers. “The content of this rule will improve after its parliamentary processing”, has recognized the head of Health.

The text of the Law of Equity, Universality and Cohesion addresses aspects such as prioritizing the direct and public management of the health system, eliminating certain co-payments for vulnerable groups or guaranteeing access for immigrant groups. “We are a government that complies and advances so as not to leave anyone behind”, Darias reiterated.

The two amendments to the entire

The Citizens and Vox amendments have not prospered. “We regret having to present this amendment to the entirety of this bill in a matter such as health. It is a project with an unacceptable ideological burden, full of biases and prejudices”, criticized the deputy of Ciudadanos Guillermo Díaz Gómez. “It is a law that was born to be breached, impossible to breach.” From Ciudadanos they also criticize that this law does not address, as Díaz Gómez has defended, the low salaries of health personnel. “In Citizens we are not going to enter the framework that when a public service is offered by someone other than an official it is no longer a public service”, he has argued to defend public-private collaboration.

Vox has also presented another amendment to the entire ‘Darias law’ alleging that it is intended to “do without the collaboration of private health in a hypocritical way”, said the far-right deputy Juan Luis Steegmann Olmedillas, who considers that ending with the concerts “it will lengthen the waiting lists”. “From Vox we say that this bill should not be processed”, the deputy has settled.

“Yesterday there were four amendments and today there are two. What have you promised the Tyrians and Trojans?” PP deputy Ana Pastor asked the minister. Pastor has been very critical of the text and has predicted “a few fun months” during the parliamentary processing of the norm.

The shift to fix positions was closed by the PSOE deputy Ana Prieto, who hHe has defended that, after the pandemic, we must continue to improve the health system and that this will be possible “thanks to this law.” In the final part of her intervention, the socialist has ensured “maximum respect for the competence framework”.

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