Androulakis: The eight interventions proposed by PASOK for the redesign of the National Social Security System


The president of PASOK-KINAL, repeated his criticism of the government policy that increases inequalities

Eight interventions of the PASOK Movement for Change for the redesign of the National Social Security System were proposed by Nikos Androulakis speaking on Monday evening at the event “We honor the legacy of Fofi Gennimata by planning the NHS of the future”.

“We need a flexible, efficient, competitive and pioneering public health system. I stress, public system. This is our responsibility to the citizens. A SSY reborn and strong, that breaks down inequalities, that covers the majority of our society in every corner of the country. A SSY as befits the history, identity and values ​​of our faction. As Giorgos Gennimatas envisioned and for which Fofi Gennimata fought to strengthen. Her political legacy will be a bright beacon on our path to the future,” he stressed.

Mr. Androulakis glorified her political path and her choices, which always focused on the human being, as well as that “she took over the faction in very difficult times and kept it standing by growing it and laying the foundations for the great leap we are now attempting”, as he said characteristically. Mr. Androulakis recalled what Fofi Gennimata said about the NHS: “During the pandemic, the value of the National Health System was highlighted. Protector and support of us all. We feel proud and vindicated, because ESY bears the seal of PASOK”.

As Nikos Androulakis explained for PASOK, eight major changes are required:

1st intervention: Development of the Public Health sector, as an integrated public service, with strong structures in every Region of the country.

Upgrading the EODDY to plan and evaluate policies, record and monitor the health indicators of the population and cooperate with the competent scientists and research bodies to deal with emergency situations.

2nd intervention: Unified system of Primary Health Care under public supervision.

For this purpose we recommend:

• The creation of local networks of integrated services throughout the country. With an upgraded role of the Local Government in their operation.
• The networks develop a new type of Family Medicine services, with the responsibility of a family doctor, and the participation of health professionals. Services that arrive at our home when we need them. Both for vulnerable groups and for the entire population.
• Emphasis on prevention. With informational campaigns for the vaccination of children, for proper nutrition, with a national screening plan without the arbitrary age limits set by the government of the New Republic, but also dental care for children.
• Free gene control with tests for the children of those who have suffered from breast cancer, as proposed by the Anti-Cancer Society, which once again I want to thank them for their offer where for 48 hours women could carry out tests in our offices
• Strengthen the Fofi Gennimata program and mobile units can be found in the most remote areas of the country
• Strengthening mental health.

• EOPYY, as an insurance fund, evaluates, negotiates, regulates, with uniform rules, partnerships and public expenditure.

3rd intervention: Modern and functional Public Hospitals.

• With merit-based selection of Governors

• With integrated budgets and autonomy in making operational decisions.
• With all-day operation, especially in the surgical field and in the interventional units of each specialty with the corresponding fees of course for the staff.
• With the possibility of contracts with insurance companies to generate additional income.
• A new Health map, responding to population changes.

• So that we do not have 17 Hospitals in the center of Athens and that there is not 1 Hospital in the already populous Eastern Attica.

4th intervention: Creation of modern and innovative care units outside Nursing institutions.

• Centers for Chronic Diseases

• Day Care Units.

• Public Rehabilitation Centers, which operate with doctors of various specialties, with the necessary health professionals and integrated social services.

5th intervention: Upgrading the human resources of the NHS.

• Covering the real gaps in the NHS with permanent medical, nursing and paramedical staff, with transparent procedures
• New modern organizational charts, so that all vacant positions are announced immediately.
• Revision of the remuneration system, and their increase, so that the efforts of health workers are properly remunerated and also to attract high-quality and qualified personnel.
• Inclusion of NHS health care facilities in the severely unsanitary.

• Providing incentives for specialties in which there are shortages

Especially for the problems faced by young doctors.

• Radical reform and rotation in the Medical Education system and a new objective examination system for obtaining a specialty.
• Improvement of working conditions and increase of salaries of the qualified.
• Utilization of new doctors who currently work abroad, in the new family medicine units.
• Strengthening the development possibilities of young doctors with postgraduate programs in collaboration with medical schools and research centers and in synergy with other sciences (biology, chemistry, etc.).

6th Health in the Islands.

• Each island will have either an adequately staffed Hospital (for the large ones), or a Primary Health Care unit connected to the nearest Hospital and fully staffed (for the smaller ones)
• For the very small islands, a regional clinic with a resident doctor.

• Incentives for finding suitable scientific potential with additional fees, rent subsidies and points for permanent positions in Hospitals of their choice.

7th intervention: Operation of an independent evaluation mechanism.

For quality control of health services.

8th intervention: Digital transformation of health.

• We want to bridge the quality care gap between the center and the periphery by developing telemedicine, teleconsultation and telemonitoring services.
But also to face the need of continuous support for elderly, disabled, lonely people with chronic diseases
• To implement the digital health record, the digital card, targeted preventive programs, innovative artificial intelligence applications.

The president of PASOK-KINAL, repeated his criticism of the government policy that increases inequalities. “Inflation and energy precision are further reinforcing social inequalities,” he said, accusing the government of obsessing over its refusal to reduce VAT on basic goods. He was also critical of the government’s policy on dealing with the energy crisis, reiterating the proposal to impose a tiered ceiling on the retail price so that citizens are protected, but producers and providers share the cost and are not burdened only consumers and the state.

The president of PASOK-KINAL underlined that his party proposes “fair policies, without accumulating debts for the next generations and sustainable development, resistant to global changes with many and good positions. This is the great value difference of the social democratic approach from fiscal populism, which creates disastrous results, because it always has a horizon for the next national elections”, as he characteristically pointed out.

Especially for the NHS, Nikos Androulakis said that during the pandemic it largely responded to the demands of the crisis, thanks to the self-sacrifice of its staff and the resilience of its structures. At the same time, however, its pathogenesis was also highlighted.

He criticized the ND, arguing that it learned nothing from the pandemic and promotes another blow to the NHS: “With the latest draft law, it is trying to undermine a basic principle of the NHS: The substantial abolition of the full and exclusive employment of NHS doctors, leads to the conversion of a public and social good into an object of the private market” complained Mr. Androulakis.

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