The Ministers of Health of all provinces of the country today signed a joint declaration rejecting the possible abolition of the nation's ministry of health, which would have the status of secretariat, according to unconfirmed versions transcended into the last hours.
According to them, it continues to "eliminate the Ministry of Health of the Nation as such and lower it a significant institutional setback in the implementation of the plans, programs & # 39; s projects of the area serving the population, especially the most vulnerable. "
Moreover, they emphasize that a decision of this nature "removes a political perspective that falls outside the consideration of Health as a fundamental human right, degrading it as a social good of the community".
"There is no possibility of coordination, articulation and supplementation of the system of state health services at national, provincial or municipal level, of social security, and of the private sector, without there being a health ministry at national level that rises as the rector the essential policy of the sector ", the statement concludes.
For the first time in 1949, the health area received a ministerial rank under the government of Juan Domingo Perón, based on Ramón Carrillo's portfolio.
The trade union federation of health workers from the Argentine Republic (FESPROSA), which brings together 30,000 doctors, professionals and sector workers, also added its "absolute rejection of the possibility that President Mauricio Macri will eliminate the Ministry of Health."
"It is not just a name change: to change the Ministry of Health into a secretariat, as it existed before the appearance of our Prime Minister of Health, Ramón Carrillo, and as it was proposed in times of Menem and military governments, the aim of liquidating addresses, liquidating staff, liquidating the budget, in short, limiting the minimum attention to the most deprived, "the union complained in a statement.