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Two UA researchers participated in an article of the prestigious British Medical Journal on the effects of cuts in the Spanish healthcare system

Entitled “Will austerity cuts dismantle the Spanish healthcare system?

Alicante, 13th June, 2013

 

The prestigious British Medical Journal has recently published an article in which various English and Spanish researchers pose "that the cuts being made by the Spanish government are dismantling the National Healthcare Service in Spain". The article, performed by academicians from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and from the Spanish universities of Alicante, Valencia and Lleida, makes a review of the Spanish legislation on healthcare in response to the crisis as well as an assessment of the budgets for recent years. On behalf of the University of Alicante, lecturers Carlos Alvarez-Dardet, from the Department of Public Health and Daniel La Parra, director of the University Institute of Social Development and Peace and lecturer at the Department of Sociology II have participated.

Under the title "Will austerity cuts dismantle the Spanish healthcare system?”, the authors support the idea that the measures being taken by the Spanish government are seriously damaging the future of public health in Spain.

Increasingly in the international arena, anticrisis measures that are being taken in Europe are believed to be worsening the economic situation, "this failure in austerity policies are clearly exemplified in the reassessment made by the International Monetary Fund on the consequences of budget cuts for the economic growth, along with initiatives to create a European system of bank regulation that, provided this had been in operation, it would have prevented much of the current financial situation in Spain ", the article describes. "There are also those who see the crisis as an opportunity for their ideological goals of dismantling the welfare state in Europe, as Naomi Klein predicted”, they state.

There are also many people in Spain who are raising their voices from across the political spectrum and the civil society suggesting that they should make alternative economic policies. Also, “there is a body of growing scientific evidence, so often ignored by the governments concerned, on the consequences of these policies to human beings”, they say.

 

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