The Permanent Committee on Health and Social Affairs today refused, with the votes against the PSD, the request for parliamentary hearing to the regional secretary of Social Inclusion and Citizenship, presented by the PS, on the lack of a Regional Strategy of Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty 2021-2025.
According to the parliamentary leader of the PS-M, Rui Caetano, this “most attitude only proves the lack of political will of the Regional Government to combat poverty in the region, refusing to account for this which should necessarily constitute a governing priority”.
The party also states that in July 2019, before leaving the Executive, the Regional Secretary of Inclusion, Rita Andrade, announced that the Region would adopt a regional strategy against poverty and last year the Government realized that the said strategic orientation proposal would be completed on December 28. However, almost a year later, the fact is that this promise continues to be fulfilled and the Regional Government refuses to give explanations on the matter.
" For the PS-Madeira it is inadmissible that the Executive, listened to in Parliament by the PSD and CDS countertops, will continue to devalue this which is one of the main problems of the Region, in a clear lack of respect for the scrutiny of the opposition parties and, mainly, for those living in poverty and social exclusion and who cannot be compared with the lack of word of the Regional Government," says Rui Cae.
" As the person responsible for the report, it is proved, with this refusal to hear the regional secretary in the Madeira Legislative Assembly, that the Regional Government not only lied to the Madeirans by announcing the strategy to combat poverty, but also flees the debate on this problem," can be read in the statement sent by the socialists to the editorial board.
It is worth remembering that Madeira is the leader of the country’s regions in the risk of poverty. According to the statistical data available in 2020, the risk rate of poverty or social exclusion of the region was 32.9%, the highest value of the country, 13% above the national average, while in 2018 it was 31.9% and in 2019 it was 32.2%.
The request for a parliamentary hearing was also received from the coordinator and the nurse who was the manager of palliative care, also presenting by the PS, on the difficulties that the users have in accessing this type of care and on the difficulties of response that the professionals of this service refer to have. Once again, the majority’s refusal shows the disreputation and disinvestment of the Regional Government in the area of Health.