The parliamentary leader of the PSD in the Legislative Assembly of the Azores today highlighted the results achieved with the work of the Regional Government (PSD/CDS-PP/PPM) in Health, ensuring that investment will increase in 2022.
“A strong bet by this government of the Azores was to bring greater budgeting to the Regional Health Service (SRS). We have the largest budgets in the last five years for Health. For 2022, we will still have more than six million euros to equip the health centers and the oncology center – it is triple what was previously budgeted”, said João Bruto of the Coast.
The leader of the social-democratic caucus in the Azorean parliament was speaking to journalists at the end of a visit to the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo (HDES), in Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel, referring to the funds allocated by the current executive for the Plan and 2020 budget, which will be debated in the Legislative Assembly between Monday and Friday.
João Bruto da Costa underlined the forecast of 3.2 million euros “for computerization and connection of “, which currently “have different systems and this has created numerous difficulties in the monitoring of patients”.
On the other hand, he said, “the attractiveness to health professionals will be reinforced with half a million euros”.“This Government has already hired 622 health professionals, of which 84 are doctors. It is important for the SRS to respond to the needs of the Azoreans”, he stressed.
The deputy admitted that the HDES has “shortcomings in Dermatology or Urology”, stressing that “professionals are not available in the market for the needs” of the Azores.
“We have to make an effort to bring them to the region”, he defended, clarifying that the tax reduction planned to take effect in 2022 will be a factor of “greater attractiveness for retaining doctors, nurses and other health professionals”.
As for the criticisms made by the socialists regarding a reduction foreseen in the 2022 Budget for Health, Bruto da Costa considered that “the PS does not want to understand”.”The reduction of 55 million euros in the Health budget has nothing to do with the SRS budget for the service provided, but with the reduction in the amount to pay debt,” he explained.
The deputy also welcomed the “better results than before the pandemic” in the sector.“Our concern is focused on results. We are interested in how the SRS responds to the needs of the Azoreans,” he noted.