User representatives from four municipalities in the Lisbon and Santarém districts on Wednesday convey an invitation to the President of the Republic to visit local health facilities where the social movements say there is a shortage of doctors.
Four social movements from Alenquer, Azambuja, Vila Franca de Xira (Lisbon district) and Benavente (Santarém district) want Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to know about the “serious situation” of the medical institutions of these four municipalities, which house thousands of citizens. they don’t have a family doctor and deliver an “invitation” on Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the Belém Palace in Lisbon.
“This is a serious situation where the Constitution is not respected. [Fazê-la cumprir] is the most important mission of the President of the Republic”, defends Domingos Pereira from the National Office of the Movement of Users of Public Services (MUSP) and the coordinator of the Commission of Users of the Municipality of Benavente (CUCB) in applications for Lusa.
Domingos Pereira guarantees that more than 90,000 users do not have a family doctor in these municipalities and gives two examples: 88% of users in Azambuja and 75% of Alenquer residents do not have a designated medical officer.
In the case of Azambuja, the MUSP leader explains that the shortage of doctors in health centers is forcing users to go to Benavente (in the district of Santarém), Povoa de Santa Iria and Castaneira do Ribatejo (in the municipality of Vila Franca). de Hira, Lisbon area), as if these units “were doctors” for so many people.
“A number of medical extensions are closed and thousands of users are waiting for consultations who do not have family doctors,” the CUCB coordinator regrets, adding that this leads to citizens going to the emergency department of the Hospital de Vila Franca de Xira.
The case of this hospital is just one of several in Lisbon that are “crammed with people who are turning them into giant medical centers,” says the leader of the association.
Domingos Pereira, still on his health points, points out “scarce and degraded conditions” and talks about the situation in Azambuja, where in the summer “specialists had to take fans from the house, and in the winter they have to take heaters because there is no air conditioning.”
On October 25, representatives of the movements delivered a petition and a proposal demanding doctors for these municipalities to the Prime Minister’s official residence in Lisbon.
Almost a month later, Domingos Pereira says there were no answers to the problems presented and they were unable to meet with António Costa as requested.