He Basque government has not agreed to participate in the covid-19 pandemic management assessment proposed by the Ministry of Health, that they have supported the rest of the autonomous communities, considering that it represents “one more step” towards “centralization”.
The Government and the autonomous communities, with the exception of Euskadi, have agreed in the Interterritorial Health Council create a working group who will be in charge of defining the framework for a independent assessment of pandemic management, to adopt joint decisions that strengthen epidemiological surveillance, public health services and the entire health care system.
The Basque Department of Health has released a statement in which it indicates that it has already started its own analysis process. It also ensures that, despite not participating in this initiative, it respects the decision and will continue to maintain a collaborative attitude “as it has done so far.
The Basque Executive points out that for months “a process of centralization has been taking place”, as it has stated in the meetings of the Conference of Presidents, and considers that this is “one more step in that direction”.
The Ministry has explained that the objective of this working group will be to prepare a proposal for an evaluation framework of the National Health System (SNS) and will have to define the lines of evaluation, the scope, the objectives, the parameters and all those elements necessary to carry out an independent audit as complete as possible.
The working group has a maximum period of one month to submit its conclusions to the plenary session of the Interterritorial Council for its consideration.