The PSD parliamentary group today asked the Health Commission of the Assembly of the Republic to deliberate on the holding of biweekly meetings, from the beginning of the next legislative session, on the epidemiological situation of the pandemic in Portugal.
According to a request submitted today in parliament, the Social Democrats consider that the sessions that have been going on since March at the facilities of Infarmed - National Authority for Medicines and Health Products, which portrayed the evolution of the epidemiological situation of the covid-19 pandemic in the country, they lost “some use” because of the “progressive exhaustion of the information provision model”.
For this reason, the PSD parliamentary group asked the Health Commission to deliberate on the realization, "from the beginning of the next legislative session and with an indefinite periodicity, meetings subordinate to the theme of the epidemiological situation of covid-19 in Portugal" .
The bench led by Rui Rio, who is also the party president, stresses that it is necessary to “adopt, in the new phase ahead, a new model” that gives privilege to the “parliamentary function in the defense of public health”.
The Social Democrats add that "one representative of the Ministry of Health", "another or other government representatives, if the Government so wishes", epidemiologists from public and private institutions, should participate in these meetings, "to be nominated on a proposal from the Directorate-General da Saúde [DGS] ”, and other specialists that the Health Commission understands it must listen to.
In order to contribute to “greater administrative transparency”, the PSD also proposes that these meetings be “public and transmitted through Canal Parlamento (ARTV)”.
The “non-public character” of the meetings that took place at Infarmed's facilities contributed “to an undesirable lack of transparency of information”, which not only “prevents the required public knowledge about the true situation” of the epidemic of the pandemic, but can also “harm the confidence ”of the citizens in the measures implemented to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.
The covid-19 pandemic has already killed 555 people and infected more than 12,2 million people in 196 countries and territories.
Portugal accounts for at least 1.646 deaths associated with covid-19 in 45.679 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest DGS bulletin.