MADRID, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tens of 1000’s of well being staff protested in Madrid on Sunday over what they are saying is the destruction of the general public well being system by the conservative regional authorities.
Wearing white coats and banging drums, many chanted: “Chopping public well being is legal.”
The demonstration attracted about 30,000 protesters, a regional authorities spokesman mentioned.
The Madrid regional authorities, led by the Standard Occasion’s Isabel Ayuso, has come underneath fireplace lately, particularly because the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, for poor staffing in hospitals and first healthcare centres.
Protesters say the regional authorities is dismantling public well being companies and favouring non-public well being suppliers.
Dressed because the Grim Reaper and bearing a mock scythe, one protester held an indication studying, “I’m Ayuso’s plan for (the) emergency ward.”
“We have now about 40 or 50 sufferers per day and can provide them about six minutes every. The issue is that they don’t enable us to provide correct care to sufferers,” Ana Encinas, 62, a physician who has labored in main care in Madrid for 37 years, instructed Reuters.
Ayuso denies the accusation that her administration is dismantling public well being companies in favour of the non-public sector and says the protests and strikes are being orchestrated by left-wing events within the run-up to municipal and regional elections this 12 months to undermine the conservative regional authorities.
In November, tens of 1000’s of individuals marched by means of central Madrid in assist of well being staff calling for higher working situations.
Reporting by Graham Keeley, Silvio Castellanos and Raul Cadenas
Modifying by Raissa Kasolowsky and Christina Fincher
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