This meeting was held after the Executive Committee of the PP, where Ayuso blamed the protest in Madrid on left-wing activists
MADRID, 14 (EUROPE PRESS)
The Ministers of Health of the CCAA of the PP have coincided this Monday in demanding a consensual solution from the Government of Pedro Sánchez in the face of the “serious deficit” of family medicine specialists. After warning that the shortage of family doctors will worsen in the coming years due to retirements, they have demanded that the Ministry urgently convene an Extraordinary Interterritorial Council to immediately incorporate more family doctors in training in the next MIR call.
This meeting, which has been chaired by the PP’s Deputy Secretary for Social Policies, Carmen Navarro, takes place one day after the center of Madrid was filled with tens of thousands of people who have demonstrated against the “mistreatment” of health public. Between 200,000 people, according to the Government Delegation, and 670,000 people, according to the organizers, have marched in four columns through the streets of the capital until coming together in a single block in Cibeles.
During Navarro’s meeting with the Ministers of Health, it was agreed to propose half a dozen proposals to the Ministry, such as encouraging retired professionals who so wish to remain at least partially active; develop tools to retain family doctors in their posts; or promote the return of those doctors who have developed their careers in other countries.
FEIJÓO DOES NOT MENTION THE PROTEST IN HIS OPEN SPEECH
The meeting of the Health Councilors took place shortly after the end of the National Executive Committee of the PP chaired by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, where the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has assured that the demonstration this Sunday in Madrid obeys the political mandate of the left, mainly from Más Madrid, according to what ‘popular’ sources have pointed out to Europa Press.
In his open speech before the media, Feijóo has not made any mention of this massive protest in defense of public health and has focused on the repeal of the crime of sedition by the Government of Pedro Sánchez and on demanding explanations for the Melilla tragedy last June.
Sources from Feijóo’s team have later highlighted that there is a problem with primary care throughout Spain Regarding the Madrid demonstration, they have pointed out that a part of that protest was “agitated by political parties”, which make “political use” of this matter, but they have avoided entering into more assessments, ensuring that the competence in health matters belongs to the Community of Madrid and each autonomy has its specific reality.
THE PROPOSALS OF THE ADVISORS OF THE PP
In a meeting held at the national headquarters of the PP, chaired by Carmen Navarro, the councilors have demanded the urgent call for an Extraordinary Interterritorial Council to immediately incorporate more family doctors in training in the next MIR call.
In addition, they have warned that the shortage of family doctors will worsen in the coming years due to retirements if measures such as those proposed are not adopted, as reported by the training in a statement.
The PP councilors have requested that the call for the Interterritorial Council should be held with a single point of the day: agree on the necessary reforms to immediately incorporate more family doctors in training in the next MIR call.
They consider that this face-to-face call is prior to any other that the Ministry may propose because it is unavoidable to immediately make the system of accreditation of teaching units for MIR positions more flexible.
REVIEW OF THE MIR SYSTEM
The councilors of the PP demand that “essential revision of the MIR system to avoid that, as in recent years, a third of those admitted by Health on the provisional lists do not obtain a position as a resident doctor.”
Thus, in the call for 2023, there are 12,251 admitted for a total of 8,503 places. In 2022, there were 13,059 admitted for 8,188 places. And in 2021, 14,425 for 7,989 places. “In other words, in the last three years, only two out of three of those admitted have obtained a place. And this situation coexists with a growing deficit of specialists,” the PP said in the same statement.
Regarding the imminent retirements of family doctors, they have warned that it will be impossible to fill the vacancies of family doctors if urgent measures are not adopted since in this specialty there is a great imbalance between retirements and new incorporations.
In this sense, they have requested the creation with maximum speed of a new specialty of medina of urgency and emergencies. According to the ‘popular’, creating this specialty is possible just as it has just been done with child and adolescent psychiatry.
In this context, they have agreed to propose to the Ministry half a dozen proposals that are added to those already transferred in recent years: encourage retired professionals who so wish to remain at least partially active; demand that the Government develop tools to encourage their permanence in employment, based on merit competitions to retain family doctors in their positions; demand from the Government the regulations that allow the creation of bridging contracts of up to three years for MIRs who finish their residency as a prior step to obtaining a fixed position in their specialty.
In addition, the PP has proposed flexibility and incentives: Develop formulas that allow combining the reconciliation of family and professional life of specialists with the implementation of incentives to cover the afternoon shift, which is the most demanded by patients.
Its proposals also include promoting the return of those doctors who have developed their professional careers in other countries, and who can help cover deficit specialties, as well as expedite procedures for the validation of qualifications of foreign medical specialists. Finally, the PP has proposed to elaborate, once and for all, the state registry of health specialists.