The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Saturday in Zaragoza €172 million for primary care, a figure that sources from the Popular Party have described as derisory. “It doesn’t even give for gauzes”, has affirmed a regional president in the Inter-parliamentary of the PP in Toledo after knowing the progress made by Sánchez. A diagnosis shared by the teams of other regional leaders of the PP, according to the sources consulted by OKDIARIO.
In addition, although Sánchez has sold this investment as a big advertisement during his speech at the PSOE Federal Policy Council –in which the regional presidents of the party and the rest of the territorial leaders participate -, with the mind set on the next electoral appointments next year, the truth is that it is not about anything that was not already planned. The distribution of those 172 million for primary care was approved last July in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) and what the socialist leader has advanced this Saturday has been that its final approval will take place in the Council of Ministers next Tuesday.
The same sources of the PP have affected the Interparliamentary of Toledo -where more than 500 popular positions meet- in that it is a minuscule amount compared to the amount of budget that the autonomous communities already invest in primary care.
Thus, for example, in the Madrid’s communitygoverned by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, approved a total of 8,783 million euros for Health in the Budgets for this year, of which 2 billion They are for primary care. In other words, the investment announced by Sánchez is barely equivalent to 8% of the total that the Madrid leader already invests in primary care in Madrid.
On the other hand, in Castilla y León, with Alfonso Fernandez Manueco At the forefront, this year’s Budgets contemplated an investment of 1,500 million euros only for primary care, out of a total of 4,000 million euros allocated to the entire Health portfolio in the region.
That is why the popular have criticized that Sánchez uses this investment to try to gain electoral revenue, as he has done with the announcement of the approval next week of the reduction in the tax rate on gas, from 21% to 5%. A measure that for several months has been claiming the PP and that both Sánchez and his economic ministers affirmed that it was not possible, while now they not only adopt it but also assume it as their own.
The Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) approved the last july 21 the distribution criteria between the communities and Ingesa of the aforementioned 172 million euros, which, according to advances, would be aimed at the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Primary and Community Care, approved in 2019.
The Ministry of Health headed by Carolina Darias already announced that this amount will serve to “increase the resolution capacity of Primary Care by identifying diagnostic procedures that must be carried out at this level and the equipment acquisition in order to carry them out.”