The Assistant Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales, considered this Tuesday, in Santiago do Cacém (Setúbal), that the Statute of the National Health Service (SNS), promulgated on Monday by the President of the Republic, needs be regulated “as soon as possible”.
The SNS Statute “implements a regulation of a Basic Health Law and now, obviously, it needs to be regulated, and there we agree with the President of the Republic, as soon as possible”he said in statements to Lusa.
The official was speaking on the sidelines of the signing of protocols and terms of adhesion of two SNS branches, in the municipalities of Santiago do Cacém and Odemira (Beja), which took place in the auditorium of the Local Health Unit of the Alentejo Coast (ULSLA).
Asked if the Government will be able to regulate everything necessary with the six-month urgency that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asks for, he reinforced that “it will be as quickly as possible, but it will have to be well considered” and “must have its own time” . “But, obviously, this proper time will be as quick as possible”, he observed.
According to Lacerda Sales, the promulgation of the SNS Statute, “means that there is a common thread in what health reforms are, from the very beginning with the Basic Law on Health, now with the Statute in the SNS and, then, with the [sua] regulation”. This thread “will be very important for the structural reforms of the SNS that better respond to the needs of our populations”, he underlined.
The official added that the Government “will look very carefully” at “the observations” of the President of the Republic to converge “on what is necessary and possible”. Only in this way will it be possible “to give stability to the system and, in this case, because we are talking about the SNS Statute, to give stability to the National Health Service”, he said.
“What are the multiple dimensions and multiple dimensions that the SNS tells us, from the outset full dedication, executive management, management autonomy of the different institutions, from ACES [Agrupamentos de Centros de Saúde] to hospital institutions, decentralization to municipalities”, he stressed.
As for the conciliation between the executive management, provided for in the Statute, and the existing structure of the Government, which was also the subject of observation by the President of the Republic, Lacerda Sales referred to these as “two different types of dimensions” that “could be come to complete”.
“Executive management is a way of focusing, so to speak, the organization. Decentralization in municipalities and health institutions is the decentralization of competences”, she added.
According to the official, these are “two different types of dimensions, they are two different dimensions: one that has to do with organization and the other that has to do with competences, with implementation in the field, operationality, with operational management”. “I think these are two dimensions that could be completed”, he concluded.