The first news is that, almost two years after the start of the world pandemic, for the first time, all the acronyms of the associations fighting for public health with the entire range of opposition parties in the regional council, square together to say no to the health reform announced by the junta led by Attlilio Fontana and his vice president Letizia Moratti, who is also councilor for welfare.
From 10.30 this morning hundreds of people with banners and flags gathered in Piazza del Duomo and explained the reasons for their revolt against a reform that “favors private individuals in health care and does not reorganize local public structures, which are completely non-existent or lacking , as was demonstrated during the hardest months of the pandemic which killed 35,000 in Lombardy “, the organizers explain from the stage.
In the square there is the entire Milanese Democratic Party, from Fabio Pizzul and Samuele Astuti, regional councilors at the forefront of health issues, to Piefrancesco Majorino, MEP, but also twice municipal councilor for Welfare in the first Sala and with Pisapia. There are the banners of the Greens and Rifondazione, such as the Milano in Salute and Medina Democratica lists, which with the coordination of the “Campaign Dico 32” (50 associations) launched this initiative, the first unitary in years.
Marco Caldiroli, president of Democratic Medicine, calls for the “strengthening of public health, something that does not happen with the health reform under discussion, if on the one hand the resources are figuratively foreseen, but everything is open to the private sector, as has been the case for 25 years. Moratti has always been a champion of privatization and continues in her logic. The campaign on vaccines went well, but now it is a question of intervening on prevention with territorial medicine with a public government, starting with general practitioners, who are lacking. and they have been penalized for years, while they would be the first cornerstone for following the citizen “.
Fabio Pizzul, leader of the Pd group, adds: “We do not like this health reform and it does not convince us for many reasons, in particular because it does not guarantee the universality of treatments, the reconstruction of public health in the area, the one that has been lacking in all the waves. of the epidemic, causing the massacre that everyone has seen: Fontana continues to do what he has always done in all the years at Palazzo Lombardia: not to listen to the problems of citizens and the discomfort of many health workers in public structures. tell us how things really are: closing your eyes in the face of even very serious inconveniences is useless and risks only making things worse. Wasn’t a pandemic enough to make those who guide the Region take a bath of reality? But we do not give up and we are in the square alongside associations and citizens who want to make their voices heard. The only thing that seems to be of interest to the Region are the PNRR funds, certainly not the needs of the citizens who ask a closer and truly universal health care “.
Vittorio Agnoletto, doctor and founder of Democratic Medicine, calls for the resignations of Fontana and Moratti: “We had the highest number of regional deaths throughout Europe, we would expect a self-criticism and a modification of the system that has focused everything on the private sector and has eliminated territorial medicine. There are 18 billion at stake plus the funds that will come from the PNRR but the reform in question only worsens the situation, it further privatizes by saying that they can also manage community hospitals and territorial health houses. We have lists of “The wait is very long and the Region offers funds to the private individual who gets paid for the necessary services to the citizens. As soon as he arrived Moratti said” Vaccines based on GDP “, today he goes on the same line:” We care based on the wallet “. He should resign. “