Marcelo does not rule out rising deficit to strengthen staff in the health sector

The President of the Republic said today, in the Algarve, not to rule out an increase in the deficit, in case of the need to reinforce health personnel to combat the pandemic.

Miguel Figueiredo Lopes / Presidency of the Republic handout via Lusa

“If the conclusion is reached that it is necessary to reinforce the health budget, I am not seeing any party saying no, no matter how much it costs to sacrifice one area or another or, in this year that is very special, in terms of rising deficit, ”said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

At the end of a visit to the municipality of Vila do Bispo, Marcelo resorted to the words of former President Jorge Sampaio to reaffirm "that life does not begin or end in deficit".

"The deficit is very important, but if it is proved that, effectively, it is necessary a few more zero points any percent due to the urgency of reinforcing the health budget and the parties understand that it must be so, because it must be so", he underlined.

Marcelo defendeu que, numa altura em que o orçamento para 2021 “está em cima da mesa” e que a pandemia “ainda vai sobrar para o ano que vem”, é preciso responder à questão concreta se “há profissionais em número suficiente, sim ou não”.

O Presidente da República considerou importante saber se “nos termos” em que os concursos são abertos “permitem a progressão de carreira”, que “haja novo pessoal a entrar em funções” ou se “é preciso mais pessoal”.

"This is a debate and a discussion that has to be done calmly," he said.

Questionado pelos jornalistas no final daquela que foi a sua última vista a todos os municípios algarvios após o impacto da covid-19 no turismo da região, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa realçou também que “não basta haver ventiladores, é preciso haver equipas que assegurem os cuidados intensivos com esses ventiladores”.

Deixando uma palavra de apoio e reconhecimento aos profissionais da saúde que estão, “muitos deles, cansados e esgotados”, o Presidente da República destacou que estão “nisto há muitos meses e sabem que vão continuar nisto muitos meses também”.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will start a consultation next week with several personalities in the health area, starting with the minister of guardianship, Marta Temido, but also receiving the current and former presidents of the Ordem dos Médicos, other presidents of the health-related areas , former ministers of health, unions and union and employer confederations, in what will be “two or three very important weeks”, he said.

The President of the Republic revealed that, at the end of these consultations, he would like to find a “consensus of views”, either “regarding the evolution of the pandemic and the measures to face it”, but also that “there is a balance between concern with the life and health and the radical non-stop of the Portuguese economy and society.

Therefore, you will also hear the “economic and social sector”, he concluded.

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