The Bureau of the Nursing Profession -integrated by the General Council of Nursing (CGE) and the Nursing Union, Satse- has transferred the president of the European Comission, Ursula von der Leyen, that carrying out Covid-19 detection tests in the private offices of Spanish pharmacies can promote the emergence and spread of new possible sources of contagion of the disease among citizens.
In a letter addressed to the head of the European Commission, after learning of the recommendation to promote the conducting quick tests As an alternative, in certain cases, to PCR tests, the Board of the Nursing Profession has reiterated its “great concern about the possibility of authorizing this care practice in commercial establishments, such as private pharmacy offices, as the Government of the Community of Madrid, fundamentally ”.
According to this Table, “it does not make any sense that the Community of Madrid has also asked the EU to promote the performance of this type of diagnostic tests in private pharmacy offices when the incidence of the pandemic in autonomy, according to official assessments and data, including those of the Ministry of Health, has improved in recent days, without the need to carry out these tests in the pharmacy offices ”.
For this reason, the Board of the Nursing Profession “is struck by the fact that the current EU Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, is part of the European People’s Party, like the president of Madrid. He also points out that it gives the impression that, from a political point of view, the balance could be tilting in favor of the Madrid councilwoman advised by her chief of staff, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, and not towards the Government of Pedro Sánchez, and his chief of staff, Iván Redondo ”.
In the letter, the Bureau reminds Ursula von der Leyen that in Spain there is a 100% public network for health care in the field of Primary Care, which is the one that regularly carries out all the actions in prevention, follow-up of chronic patients, home care or vaccination coverage in all stages of life, among others, while the regime of pharmacy offices is not regulated as in the vast majority of European countries.
In this sense, he explains that, “according to our state regulation, a pharmacy is considered a” private health establishment of public interest “, and points out that, in no case, can it carry out care / clinical work with patients or citizens in general”.
In this regard, the Bureau stresses that pharmacists nor do they have legal competence in Spain nor do they have training that enables them to perform the techniques of collecting samples for the Covid-19 detection tests. In general, the functions of the pharmacy are primarily limited to the production, preservation and dispensing of drugs, not being able to perform any type of intervention on patients, much less diagnostic tests on them.
On the other hand, the Table informs the president of the EC that in Spain these virus detection actions have been implemented through the Regional Health Services and they are carried out by qualified and authorized personnel in our country, such as nurses and doctors, as well as in establishments and places enabled with the highest security guarantees for both health professionals and citizens.
Lack of security
For this reason, both the CGE and Satse insisted that pharmacy offices in Spain, “they do not meet the appropriate conditions at all of security to guarantee the protection of the citizens to whom this type of tests could be carried out, as well as the rest of the clients who come to purchase a drug or any other product that is for sale in this type of establishment gels, creams, shampoos, toothpastes…) ”.
They also added that to do this type of test in safety conditions, it is necessary to have, for example, the delimitation of safe circuits traffic of people and qualified staff for the realization and interpretation of the same, as well as to carry out an optimal management of the waste disposal generated contaminated and promote registration and transfer from the results to the clinical history of each citizen in public health, among other issues.