Tens of thousands of Spanish public health workers and their supporters staged a rally on Sunday to demand more primary health care workers and protest what they say is the right thing to do. Conservative regional powers gradually dismantled the public health system in favor of private providers. Madrid.
The rally in the Spanish capital, dubbed the “white wave” because many protesters wore white medical coats, took place with the slogan “Madrid rise up for public health”.
The Madrid area is the center of the current protests. Partial strikes began in the region last Monday, with a full strike called for November 21 against nearly 5,000 Madrid doctors.
Sunday’s protest was called by neighborhood associations, labor unions and left-wing political parties.
The Madrid regional government, led by Isabel Ayuso of the Popular Party, has come under criticism in recent years, especially since Pandemic caused by covid-19 beginning in 2020, for vulnerable staff in hospitals and primary care centers.
Organizers say that although Madrid is the Spanish region with the highest per capita income, it also spends the least per capita on primary health care. They say that for every two euros spent on healthcare in Madrid, one euro goes to the private sector.
The local association of doctors said: “The people of Madrid deserve quality primary health care and no delay of more than a week to see a GP or pediatrician.
Ayuso denies there is a staff shortage and says protests and strikes are being orchestrated by leftist parties in the run-up to next year’s municipal and regional elections.