Several private health groups in Lisbon proved unavailable to treat patients with COVID-19 from the National Health Service (SNS), because they intend to give priority to their scheduled activity. The information was advanced by the president of the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (ARSLVT), Luís Pisco, after a meeting with the president of the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitalization (APHP) that took place on Wednesday, writes the Jornal de News.
The same newspaper says that an APHP source rejects “single solutions” to the problems of the NHS.
However, on October 27, the president of APHP, Óscar Gaspar, reiterated the availability of private hospitals to respond to the pandemic of COVID-19 and other diseases, highlighting the “non-existent relationship” with the Government. Óscar Gaspar was speaking to journalists at the Belém Palace, in Lisbon, after an audience with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who was listening to the health sector in the face of the worsening pandemic in the country.
The APHP official said “reiterating the availability” of private hospitals in “responding to the problems of COVID-19” and the remaining “health needs”, arguing that “the Portuguese need a broader response”, involving the public and private sectors. private, and that this “collaboration was effective”.
According to Óscar Gaspar, the plan presented by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) for autumn-winter has “flaws”, since it gives “emphasis on the public sector”.
On Monday, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, said that non-COVID-19 patients who see appointments, exams or surgeries in the NHS be canceled in view of the worsening pandemic will be sent to the private and social sectors.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and more than 44 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 2,395 people died from 128,392 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.