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Letter questions who will answer for preventable diseases and deaths due to the international health emergency

PAULO MUMIA / FRAMEWORK / ESTADÃO CONTENTThe budget, according to the entity, has values ​​for 2017 with the withdrawal of R $ 60 billion compared to 2020

O National Health Council released a letter condemning the reduction of the budget to the Health Unic System. It is addressed to the president Jair Bolsonaro, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, and the mayors of the Chamber, Arthur Lira, and the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco. With the title “Who will answer for this?“, She questions the value approved in March as incompatible for minimum costs and in view of the exponential growth of the Covid-19.

The budget, according to the entity, has values ​​of 2017 with the withdrawal of R $ 60 billion in comparison with 2020. The council disagrees with the decision to close the State of public calamity on December 31 and affirm that the budget disregarded in an unreal and irresponsible needs for vaccines, supplies, beds, equipment, sequelae, outpatient and hospital demand. In addition to ignoring life guarantee actions, a constitutional right, in the name of the spending cap. The CNS reinforces, even more seriously, Congress as a representative of society to feel the most serious error and to maintain, in a fictitious and irresponsible manner, this financing to SUS.

And that, between life and fiscal austerity, cutting costs prevails at all costs. “It is regrettable to see that the heads of the powers have chosen to bet on adjustment, instead of life, and leave more than half of the Union’s budget for payment of interest and public debt untouchable – against countries that better deal with the pandemic and recognized that fiscal austerity kills. ” They also add that, at the current stage, with the rate of beds with occupancy above 90% in almost the entire country, they generate a collapse that the sanitary emergency persists and will drag on in the coming years. The CNS warns that the issuance of extraordinary credits to finance actions against Covid-19 will be unconstitutional because it is no longer an unpredictable situation, as provided in the Constitution. It will certainly be a fiscal ride.

“The question that this council asks your excellencies is: who will answer for preventable diseases and deaths as a result of the international health emergency, with more than 3,000 people on average dying daily in the country adding up to more than 320,000 deaths from pain and struggle? How to admit that the sanitary emergency is over? How to guarantee the resources that SUS will need in order not to promote water shortages, their sustainability in a situation of extreme sanitary severity? Who will answer for all this? ”, Signs the National Health Council.

* With information from reporter Marcelo Mattos

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