The Lehendakari Inigo Urkullu, accompanied by his health adviser, Nekane Murga, and the general director of Osakidetza, Juan Diego, was received today with cries of “get out, get out!”, “more reinforcements, more staff! and “less image, more quality!” during a visit to the Hospital de Cruces in Barakaldo.
This has been the well-deserved reception that the staff of #Osakidetza has given counselor Nekane Murga and Lehendakari Urkullu at the Hospital de Cruces#BizitzaErdigunean@EskOsakidetza @bilgunea @OsakidetzaSA pic.twitter.com/NWuWIoSf8x
– ESK Sindikatua (@ESKsindikatua) May 11, 2020
During the tour he has taken to find out how the main hospital in the Basque Country is addressing the pandemica, Urkullu has been greeted since his arrival by a group of health workers carrying placards in protest for the way in which they have had to face the epidemic in recent months. The protest had been promoted by different Basque health union centrals such as ELA, LAB, Esk, UGT and CCOO. The protesters have followed the government delegation, accompanied by a security team, by the facilities of the medical compound.
The protest occurs on the first day in which the Basque Country activates phase I of the pandemic, although it does so with greater restrictions, as the Basque Government has limited aspects such as mobility or the right to hold meetings between people who do raise Phase I devised by the central government. The Basque Executive has avoided making reference to these protests and has only reported on the appeals made by the Lehendakari during his visit so that the Basque population maintains the “Maximum prudence and rigor” in the new phase started today to avoid a relapse of infections. During it, he thanked the hospital officials for the effort made by all the health workers in the battle against Covid-19.
The lack of means to face a pandemic has been repeatedly denounced by different health groups in the Basque Country. The absence of sufficient PPE protective equipment or the cases of removal of defective masks with which many toilets were infected have been repeated in recent weeks. The number of infected toilets in the Basque Country has also been higher than in other autonomous communities. Currently in the Basque health system it has been possible to contain the coronavirus in an important way, with only 11 infected yesterday and today and five new deaths in the last 24 hours.