MAR Concentration in the Plaza del Regallo in Andorra for Primary Health. Photo: MAR.
mehe Rural Action Movement (MAR) once again convened concentrations with the Health Tour. After making a protest this Monday in the Plaza de España in Calamocha, this Tuesday they have moved to the Plaza del Regallo in Andorra, which at 11:00 a.m. has concentrated various residents of Andorra.
The Tour will visit other towns in the Matarranya and Baixo Aragón regions during this month of October and will be present on the 25th in Teruel. The Movement will travel on October 26 and 27 to Zaragoza and Madrid, where they have indicated that they will convey their message to the Spanish Congress.
The group demands that there be a change in the legislation and that this allows more human and material resources to be provided to Primary Care in the rural world and that the care received by the population of the towns is sufficient and of quality.
The movement invited the participation in the act, to all citizens and, also, to mayors and presidents of the regions to propose solutions to the problem that Primary Health is going through in areas with less population.
On behalf of the Andorra City Council, the councilor, Alejo Galve, and the acting mayor of the town, Joaquín Bielsa, took the floor. Galve has insisted on the need to change health legislation to avoid the problems that primary care currently has in the area. Joaquín Bielsa has read part of the manifesto that the MAR has formulated.
Dolores Oriol, director of the Gloria Fuertes Special Education College in Andorra, also wanted to show her public support for the Citizen Movement, saying a few words in front of the banners that the members of the MAR have brought to the town.
The manifesto read by the acting mayor, Joaquín Bielsa, together with a member of the MAR in Andorra, had as its motto “The solution is in Madrid. For a change in health legislation. From the MAR, measures are proposed such as creating a health pact at the state level, which implies an obligation of destination for a certain time to health professionals; that the figure of rural medical personnel be created, in addition to making the hiring of non-community doctors more flexible or that fourth-year MIRs can do internships in rural health centers.
Another of the demands made by this movement is that the cut-off mark be lowered to study medicine at universities, because this would mean increasing the pool of future health professionals. Their greatest demand is a change in legislation that takes more into account the benefit and well-being of the population in rural areas.
Andorra has been complaining for years about the lack of a pediatrician and the shortage of primary care doctors in the municipality, which, like other towns, shows a lack of both human and material resources in health centers.
This Tour, which has passed through the capital of the Sierra de Arcos, will continue its route on Wednesday in the Plaza de España in Vall-de-roures and on Thursday the concentration will take place in front of the Alcanyiz Hospital.