Friday, September 22

The Portuguese Minister of Health resigns in the midst of a public services crisis

The Portuguese Minister of Health, Marta Temido, has submitted her resignation to the Prime Minister, António Costa, in the midst of a crisis due to the lack of services in the country’s public health emergencies.

In a concise statement released this morning in which it does not specify the reason for the resignation, the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, António Costa, has indicated that the socialist leader “respects his decision and accepts the request, which he has already communicated to the President of the Republic ”.

“The Prime Minister appreciates all the work carried out by Marta Temido, especially in the exceptional period of combating the covid-19 pandemic,” they state in the text.

The Cabinet has added that the Executive “will continue with the ongoing reforms” to “strengthen” the National Health System (SNS) and “the improvement of health care provided to the Portuguese”.

Feared, who has accompanied Costa as Minister of Health since 2018, resigns at a time when the SNS, which is still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, is experiencing a crisis due to the closure of several obstetric emergencies due to the lack of specialists to cover shifts for months.

The controversy jumped especially after a baby died in June in Caldas da Rainha, about 80 kilometers north of Lisbon, after an emergency caesarean section, when the hospital’s obstetric service was closed due to lack of staff.