The mayor of Faro questioned this Monday, the 23rd, the Minister of Health about «what to do with the current facilities of Hospital de Faro (Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve) when the future Hospital Central do Algarve, announced more than two decades ago, is finally a reality».
Yesterday, during the meeting at the Town Hall of Faro, with Minister Manuel Pizarro and the Secretaries of State for Health (Ricardo Mestre) and Health Promotion (Margarida Tavares), under the “Open Health” initiative, Rogério Bacalhau underlined the «growing degradation» of the National Health Service in the region, particularly at the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA), due to the chronic lack of human resources, among nurses and clinicians, namely specialists, but also due to a lack of decent conditions, spaces and equipment.
The mayor said he hoped, therefore, that the creation of the new Central Hospital of the Algarve «may serve to attract qualified and specialized human resources», as well as ensure the «improvement of health care in the region, which today - despite the efforts of professionals affections to the National Health Service – are far from being a guaranteed and universal good for all those who live here or who visit us annually».
At the same time, the President of the Chamber of Faro defended, with government officials, that «which functions and valences» should be evaluated and defined by the Hospital de Faro within the framework of the creation of the new Central Hospital.
As part of the visit of the Minister of Health to the region, it was also signed by the Municipality of Faro the transfer of competences in the area of Health, which foresees the participation of the Municipalities in the management of primary health care units and in the investment in the construction, maintenance and equipment of these structures.
In this context, the City Council of Faro also assumes, among other functions, the management and hiring of workers included in the career of operational assistant for the various proximity health care units, whose opening hours may be adjusted to the needs of the population and the operation in network of the National Health Service.