The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today called for an “effort by everyone” to avoid and overcome disruptions in health responses, precisely considering that people are harmed due to pressure on the system in the summer.
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“We know – I said this a month and a half, two months ago – that we have to work so that this month of August, July is already over, with the pressure of tourism and with an eventual increase in demand in some poles more than nutrition. in the country, would have consequences on the health systems”, replied to journalists Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa when asked about the mission of the team leaders of the emergency department of Hospital São Francisco Xavier.
According to the State, it is in a different situation in different countries and it is therefore necessary to “prevent and try to anticipate Portuguese people so that it does not happen in Portugal” and thus avoid preventing responses.
“We have to make an effort to avoid ruptures and to overcome ruptures because what is at stake are people and this effort is an effort by everyone”, he appealed.
For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, this effort belongs to the State, the local government, other institutions and “the professionals themselves who are already so tired”, considering the injustice that “people will suffer because of a greater and more affected population”. over uneven”.
“I know that readjustment is difficult, I know that there are vacations and that people are entitled to their vacations, I know that there are important unresolved issues in the future in the SNS, starting with the government decree-law that I hope will come quickly for promulgation by the President of the Republic”, he asked.
Reiterating that two months ago he had already warned of this situation of pressure from the health services in the summer period, the President of the Republic said that there is “the month of August ahead” and that “we need to work to solve the problems that have arisen”. are pending and avoid others”.
“It is a difficult, continuous effort. Like many needs and, therefore, we have to commit ourselves to responding to these needs that the Portuguese respond to at all levels of appeal.
Asked about the measures applied, which are not sufficient, Marcelo referred to the answer “he knows in detail that the critical situation is” resulting from the mobility of people that was defended, only the most effective to be more effective.