The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, led the closure of the Provincial Health Congress in the city of Mar del Plata, warned about the “destructive” actions of neoliberalism on the public health system andHe called for moving towards an “integrated” scheme.
“Neoliberalism first destroys the public health system and then says that the public system does not work, that it is a problem,” the president joked during the closing of the meeting, in which He was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak and the national deputy Daniel Gollán.
Kicillof greeted the health workers and authorities who participated in the conference that began on Tuesday and whose slogan was “Towards an integrated health system.”
“The health system is large, complex, and has been the victim of attacks, of a privatization process,” The Buenos Aires president reviewed and pointed out that “many times neoliberalism privatizes in the form of selling what is profitable to a private party, but sometimes it does so in a subtle and harmful way through definancing.”
In this sense, he remarked: “Everything is so perverse that first they destroy the public health system and then they say that the public system does not work, that it is a problem.”
“What I rescue from this day is that we finished giving a diagnosis of the health system, nothing can be transformed without an accurate diagnosis”analyzed and added that “the only ones who have that capacity are the workers and workers who suffer it, but resist and sustain”.
In addition, Kicillof ratified the commitment of his Government in move towards a “health system that reaches everyone, that does not discriminate” and, with that objective, celebrated the Congress, in which a “road map” was outlined to initiate the necessary transformation.
Now we have to live up to everything we went through and what we were able to do. The health system requires immense resources and the discussion about their destination is necessary. The resources are there, you have to distribute them better. pic.twitter.com/Gkhb8hBscT
— Axel Kicillof (@Kicillofok) April 23, 2022
“I do not know of any deep transformation that has been made from the top down, the only ones who can transform the health system are its workers, it is from below,” said Kicillof and completed: “May the transformation of the health system arise from the people and for the people.”
Gollan, for his part, He invited them to think about the post-pandemic and indicated that they will present a bill to “redirect health towards a system that has an integral, humanistic characteristic, where a few do not take millions at the expense of workers’ salaries, of supplies.”
While, Kreplak He highlighted Kicillof’s health decision-making and the work of the entire team of the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Council and health workers in general.
“It is important to build this health movement that comes to transform all things”said the minister and added: “Axel is available to be able to take the Homeland and the province forward”.
The closing ceremony was also attended by the Undersecretary of Health Care, Alexia Navarro, and the head of the Coordinating Unit of the Buenos Aires Health Council, Juan Martín Etcheverri
The former Minister of Health of Buenos Aires, Alejandro Collia, mayors, union leaders and councilors from Marplantas from the Frente de Todos also attended.