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Filed by the Federal Public Defender’s Office, a request charges the assignment of vacancies for infected patients in the units of the Armed Forces, Air Force and Naval of Brasília

Image: Disclosure / Armed Forces HospitalOccupancy rate of ICU beds in the public network reaches 99.5% in the Federal District

A Federal Public Defender’s Office (DPU) filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of the Federal District to authorize three military hospitals to receive civilians infected by Covid-19 during the pandemic. Usually, the units are dedicated exclusively to serving military personnel and their dependents. With the justification that public hospitals are full, the DPU charges the assignment of ICU and infirmary vacancies in the Armed Forces, Air Force and Naval Hospitals of Brasília, located in Brasília. With regard to public hospital ICU beds in the Federal District, the occupancy rate reached 99.5% and there are 243 patients waiting in line to be admitted to intensive care on Wednesday, 7.

According to the DPU document, obtained by Young pan, the action is justified since “several citizens are in a situation of extreme urgency, waiting days for a bed of UTI in DF ”. In addition, the agency claims that, although only the military and dependents can use the units, they are maintained with public resources – “which violates the priority criteria established by the THEIR, especially in view of the pandemic that launched Brazil to a real state of administrative need and challenges public managers, health professionals and the right to find immediate solutions capable of saving Brazilian lives, the status of civilian or military cannot be a distinguishing sign between them. ”

“If the country was at war, obviously, the entire military structure should support the honorable effort of our always courageous FFAA, prioritizing them even in the medical care given to the population that does not participate in the war effort. Therefore, logic and humanity, not being the case, in a pandemic, where the military is not on the front line, but health professionals, security and inspection agents, and the most common victims are elderly people, people with comorbidities and so many other vulnerable groups, the military structure can not, but should, prioritize collective assistance ”, registered the request, formalized formalized on Tuesday, 6th, and signed by Public Defenders Alexandre Benevides Cabral and Alexandre Mendes Lima de Oliveira. Vacant beds in Armed Forces hospitals are already being investigated in a survey in the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). In the last month, Minister Benjamin Zymler decreed that the Ministry of Defense and the Army, Navy and Air Force commands should report daily on the occupation of military hospitals. On that occasion, the defense Ministry said: “The health system of the Armed Forces is partially funded by private resources of the military and their dependents. Unlike SUS, the health system of the Armed Forces is not universal ”, he communicated.

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