The center of Madrid has been filled this Sunday with a massive demonstration in defense of the Primary Care formed by four columns of citizens who advance from different points of the city to come together in a protest in the Plaza de Cibeles. According to the organizers, there are more than 3, attendees. “It is surpassing us all,” they confess.
From 12 noon, under the slogan ‘Madrid stands up for Public Health. Against the Plan for the Destruction of Primary Care’ the march, called by the movement of neighborhoods and towns of Madrid, has started from Nuevos Ministerios (north zone), Hospital de la Princesa (east zone), Atocha (south zone) and Ópera (West zone).
The demonstration has the support of neighborhood organizations, unions,, health associations or worker platforms, among others. With great movement on social networks, personalities from the world of culture have called to attend, such as the actors Luis Tosar, Alberto San Juan, Carlos Olaya, Pedro Casablanc or Jorge Sanz or the singer Ismael Serrano and the Amaral group.
In Atocha, the march has begun with a batucada, a giant worm and an atmosphere somewhere between festive and angry. The lanes going up to Cibeles on Paseo del Prado are full of people of all ages demanding improvements in Health, and an end to any cuts. “For public health” and “Ayuso resigns” are the most heard cries of the protesters. Carlos, from the sidewalk, corrects it: “It’s already public, but it’s fucked up.” The discontent is general, and there is no shortage of references, over the loudspeaker, to the situation of residences in a pandemic. They also demand “to remember in May”, the month of the next regional and municipal elections.
“Today, Madrid society shouts saying enough is enough to Mrs. Ayuso”, he said Monica Garcia, the spokeswoman for Más Madrid in the Assembly, at the beginning of the demonstration in Atocha, which she attended accompanied by Rita Maestre and Íñigo Errejón. «Ayuso has two options: either take a step forward, retract and dismiss the advisor [de Sanidad, Enrique Ruiz Escudero] or leave her This depends on political decisions », he added, focusing on « that there are no doctors in health centers is a decision of Ayuso ». The leader of the PSOE in the Assembly, Juan Lobato, has specified for his part that this “is not a political demonstration, it is a citizen demonstration.”
The protest has been heating up as the week progressed, in a scenario marked by the indefinite strike called from the 21st for Family doctors and Primary Care pediatricians. To this is added the one that since last day 7 carried out more than 2and Rural Care Services affected by the reorganization of the out-of-hospital emergency care model.
“Because we have to take care of those who take care of us”, they defend from the groups that support this act as a recognition “to the heroes who in the pandemic They stood up for everyone«. »They need us and we are not going to fail them«, they indicate.
The concentration criticizes the Primary Care plan of the Community of Madrid, the. “We are not going to stop the mobilization while Isabel Díaz Ayuso does not remove her claws from our common good, Primary Care,” say the organizers.
Specifically, they intend to denounce the “cuts in financing and the decrease in professionals, especially in Primary Care and Public Health” that have caused “a constant increase in waiting lists in consultations, diagnostic tests and surgical interventions, dismissals and job insecurity of professionals«.