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Only the repeal of the privatization laws and the shielding of public health will prevent the dismantling they are preparing.

Almost a year after the start of the pandemic and already in the third wave, the worst omens have been confirmed. While the majority of the population condemns the management of the crisis and the public health system is in shock, it is undeniable, as we already denounced, that the pandemic has been a business opportunity for those of always 1, while it has allowed to give a a new turn of the screw in the process of privatization of health.

What could have been an opportunity to rescue public health has become business and entertainment. With all the political parties in agreement 2, each one has returned to its role. The right wing has taken the opportunity to further degrade public centers by privatizing any health activity; meanwhile, the institutional left has looked the other way allowing the right to do its dirty work. The huge waiting lists and the lack of response from the public system have given a new push to hundreds of thousands of people towards private insurance 3.

All this also happens when the living conditions of millions of people collapse: further cuts are expected in the already very precarious public pensions and the tragedy of mass unemployment spreads with its procession of evictions, overcrowding, power outages, water and gas for defaults and daily despair in the working-class neighborhoods; precisely in which the pandemic by Covid 19 is primed.

At the same time, governments of all colors are taking advantage of this situation to impose repressive measures that would otherwise have strong social opposition. With the excuse of the virus, they have militarized our streets, and the social control of the population is a fact that has been incorporated into our daily normality with little questioning. The experience of other countries has shown us that, the weaker the health systems, the more need they have had to apply medieval confinements. Curiously, there is economic availability for all this deployment, but not to provide public health centers with the necessary resources (spaces, personnel, individual protection equipment, etc.) to adequately attend to this pandemic. All this while misery takes over the lives of millions of people. We want health and social measures, not police.

At this point we reaffirm ourselves: as long as the “most progressive government in history” maintains the privatization laws, nothing that the right does on a daily basis is illegal, and the dismantling of public health and private profit will continue. Indeed, absolutely nothing of the massive transfer of public money to capital carried out in different Autonomous Communities (construction of unnecessary hospitals, transfer to private companies of tracking, immunizations, balls with unnecessary drugs 4 …) is illegal since it is supported by laws of scope state that allow it.

Meanwhile, the “left of capital” has devoted itself to the most varied performances, directing the attention of the population towards the perpetrators of the disaster, skillfully hiding those who pull the strings of the process of destruction of healthcare. To continue doing street theater against the right to occupy newspaper pages is nothing more than a distraction maneuver. The only way to recover the public health system is to force all parties to shield health care against profit, and to promote primary care and public health. Everything else is pure show for complacency.

Now they announce 8,000 million euros of EU funds, they say that “to strengthen public services”, when it is expected that they are allocated to “public-private collaboration”. That euphemism, which we already know well, means that, if we do not avoid it, public health will continue to agonize, while large corporations will be the main beneficiaries of the European economic recovery fund. A huge bazaar is underway.

For almost 20 years we have been denouncing the privatization of healthcare and those responsible, and the “left of capital” refuses to eliminate the causes. We can’t keep doing bad medicine. We must act on the root causes and open a debate throughout the State on the healthcare model we want, which must begin by guaranteeing quality healthcare for all people, democratizing the system and focusing on social, economic and social determinants. environmental conditions of the disease.

Only the repeal of the privatization laws and the shielding of public health will prevent the dismantling they are preparing.

Almost a year after the start of the pandemic and already in the third wave, the worst omens have been confirmed. While the majority of the population condemns the management of the crisis and the public health system is in shock, it is undeniable, as we already denounced, that the pandemic has been a business opportunity for those of always 1, while it has allowed to give a a new turn of the screw in the process of privatization of health.

What could have been an opportunity to rescue public health has become business and entertainment. With all the political parties in agreement 2, each one has returned to its role. The right wing has taken the opportunity to further degrade public centers by privatizing any health activity; meanwhile, the institutional left has looked the other way allowing the right to do its dirty work. The huge waiting lists and the lack of response from the public system have given a new push to hundreds of thousands of people towards private insurance 3.

All this also happens when the living conditions of millions of people collapse: further cuts are expected in the already very precarious public pensions and the tragedy of mass unemployment spreads with its procession of evictions, overcrowding, power outages, water and gas for defaults and daily despair in the working-class neighborhoods; precisely in which the pandemic by Covid 19 is primed.

At the same time, governments of all colors are taking advantage of this situation to impose repressive measures that would otherwise have strong social opposition. With the excuse of the virus, they have militarized our streets, and the social control of the population is a fact that has been incorporated into our daily normality with little questioning. The experience of other countries has shown us that, the weaker the health systems, the more need they have had to apply medieval confinements. Curiously, there is economic availability for all this deployment, but not to provide public health centers with the necessary resources (spaces, personnel, individual protection equipment, etc.) to adequately attend to this pandemic. All this while misery takes over the lives of millions of people. We want health and social measures, not police.

At this point we reaffirm ourselves: as long as the “most progressive government in history” maintains the privatization laws, nothing that the right does on a daily basis is illegal, and the dismantling of public health and private profit will continue. Indeed, absolutely nothing of the massive transfer of public money to capital carried out in different Autonomous Communities (construction of unnecessary hospitals, transfer to private companies of tracking, immunizations, balls with unnecessary drugs 4 …) is illegal since it is supported by laws of scope state that allow it.

Meanwhile, the “left of capital” has devoted itself to the most varied performances, directing the attention of the population towards the perpetrators of the disaster, skillfully hiding those who pull the strings of the process of destruction of healthcare. To continue doing street theater against the right to occupy newspaper pages is nothing more than a distraction maneuver. The only way to recover the public health system is to force all parties to shield health care against profit, and to promote primary care and public health. Everything else is pure show for complacency.

Now they announce 8,000 million euros of EU funds, they say that “to strengthen public services”, when it is expected that they are allocated to “public-private collaboration”. That euphemism, which we already know well, means that, if we do not avoid it, public health will continue to agonize, while large corporations will be the main beneficiaries of the European economic recovery fund. A huge bazaar is underway.

For almost 20 years we have been denouncing the privatization of healthcare and those responsible, and the “left of capital” refuses to eliminate the causes. We can’t keep doing bad medicine. We must act on the root causes and open a debate throughout the State on the healthcare model we want, which must begin by guaranteeing quality healthcare for all people, democratizing the system and focusing on social, economic and social determinants. environmental conditions of the disease.

On Saturday February 27 we will see you in the streets

Faced with privatization, public health For the repeal of privatization laws (15/97 and article 90 LGS) Rescue of the privatized No to the closure of health centers For a democratically managed health system focused on prevention and collective health.

Coordinator of the Anti-Privatization of Health (CAS)




Source: Awsm.nz