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Thousands of people have demonstrated this Sunday in thethe three basque capitals to denounce the situation suffered by the Basque Health Service as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the “collapse» of Primary Care and the «overload» of work of professionals in the sector, for those who have complained to the Basque Government “more means».

Convened by the Satse, ELA, LAB, CCOO and UGT unions, the demonstrations, which started at 12:00, have also had the support of several medical societies and political parties.

In the Gipuzkoan capital, the protest began on the Boulevard and was joined by the neighborhood movement against the San Sebastian Satorralaia Metro. In Vitoria, the start has taken place in the vicinity of La Virgen Blanca.

In the case of Bilbao, and between shouts in defense of public and “quality” healthcare, the protest started from the Sacred Heart, behind a banner that read ‘I do believe in public health. For decent working conditions.

In it, it was possible to see the general secretary of the CCOO, Unai Sordo, as well as the leaders in Euskadi of the CCOO and UGT, Loli García and Raúl Arza, in addition to the deputy of United We Can Roberto Uriarte and the parliamentary spokesperson of Elkarrekin Podemos- IU, Look at Gorrotxategi, among others.

Minutes before the march begins, the unions have denounced the situation suffered by Basque health and from ELA Esther Saavedra has stressed that the future of public health is “at stake”.

As he has argued, the budget allocated to it is less than ten years ago, which places the Basque Country “behind Europe and the Spanish State in investment.” «In Euskadi 4.9% of GDP is invested, while in Spain 6% is invested and the European average is 7%», has detailed.

In his opinion, the situation is therefore “review” and it has affected that if it does not change, the mobilizations will “intensify”. “The strike is on the table and at ELA we will work to promote it because we see its call as essential for this to change,” he remarked.

The also delegate of ELA Igor Eizagirre has also lamented in San Sebastián that there are «24,000 temporary workers in Osakidetza, 58% of the workforce», in what has been described as the “largest ETT” in the Basque Country.

LAB has denounced the “collapse” of the entire Osakidetza and its “structural deficit», which worsens the labor conditions of the workforce and harms citizens. «We have to respond as a people to this unprecedented global aggression“, Has expressed.


Lastly, from the Satse nursing union, their spokesperson, Amaya Major, He has assured that the collapse of Osakidetza is “an open secret” and has warned of the difficulties that citizens suffer when it comes to accessing health care “that they deserve and need.”

«Hospitals are increasingly stressed and we don’t have enough workers,” he said, while lamenting the “cuts” that are being suffered. He also recalled that in October the 4,000 professionalss, the tracking teams were reduced “to the minimum expression” and the vaccinology centers were closed.

For this reason, he has asked the Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, “How is it explained that when it is more necessary than ever to reinforce teams, action is taken in the opposite direction and sick leave and vacations are not replaced?”

“They tell us that they cannot find nurses to hire. What there are are no decent working conditions or sufficient investment, “he concluded.

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