The parliamentary groups support the need for more inspectors and CC-PNC get involved on the management of Social Rights
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Sep 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Deputy of the Common, Rafael Yanes, said this Tuesday that the body of inspectors of centers for the elderly in the Canary Islands, made up of five people, is “insufficient”, so he has asked for a specific plan equipped with more personnel and sanctions that have been supported by all groups.
In a debate in the parliamentary committee on the extraordinary report on the state of residences on the islands, he pointed out that the Canary Islands have one inspector for every 46 centers when in other autonomous communities, such as Murcia, Cantabria or La Rioja, there is one inspector for each five and seven centers, respectively.
Yanes has insisted that the report is a “reflection” for the negotiation of regional budgets and specified that although it affects a “minority” – the report assesses 25 centers of the 232 in the archipelago – it is “unacceptable” that bed bugs, rodents or cockroaches have been detected. It is a minority, but it is necessary to look for it, has indicated.
He commented that the report “does not go against anyone but in favor of the people” and advocate for “not looking back” and yes to the “future”, given that now the 2022 regional budgets are beginning to be processed and it is time to present initiatives .
He pointed out that the preparation of the report is part of the work of “supervision” of the public administrations that his institution has and pointed out that for “loyalty” he had to deliver it to Parliament, despite the fact that extraordinary reports are not required to be debated –se incorporated as an annex to the annual report.
However, he was grateful that they have been invited to the commission even though 10 months have passed since it was delivered and pointed out that with the information it contains, if they send it to the Prosecutor’s Office they do not “tell anyone” because “they reduce the effectiveness of the legal action “.
Yanes has commented that although the report refers to the year 2019, “the debate is current”, and there is “a lot of concern” in society, although it has made it clear that most of the 232 centers in the Canary Islands “comply perfectly” , the same as the 7,769 workers.
He has pointed out that throughout this there have been 33 inspections so “it would take four and a half years” to see all the residences, which reflects that the inspection service is “manifestly improvable.” “The Ministry needs more human resources, it cannot demand more responsibility if it is not given more resources,” he commented.
The spokeswoman for the Mixed Group, Vidina Espino, has commented that the report reflects an “unfortunate situation” of the island’s elders, although it affects a “minority” of centers, while she has “apologized” as a deputy for not “having given a voice “to the elderly in the Social Rights commission.
He has disfigured the president, María del Río (Sí Podemos), for not including the report on the agenda of the debate, even more so when “she is not a rookie and has been a deputy for six years,” for which she has requested her resignation .
Espino has commented that the report is “terrible” and degrades the care given to the elderly in the islands, criticized the lack of communication between the Diputación del Común and the Ministry of Social Rights and requested an inspection plan for all residences public and private in the Canary Islands.
Melodie Mendoza (ASG) has commented that the report has put the groups “on alert” about the situation of the centers but has regretted that the Ministry only has 5 inspectors – there were two at the beginning of the legislature – and will reach 11. “It is still insufficient,” he stressed.
He pointed out that in the inspections carried out last year, deficiencies in infrastructures were mainly observed and the Government’s commitment was guaranteed that there will be sanctions or closures to residences that do not comply with the regulations.
María del Río, from Sí Podemos, has apologized for the delay in the debate on the report and pointed out that the report has “blushed” the deputies for the situation of some nursing homes.
He has assumed that managing the Ministry of Social Rights “is not easy” but his group “does not hide its head”, although it has made it clear that the report refers almost entirely to the time of management of the Canary Islands Coalition.
YES WE CAN URGE TO “CHANGE THE MODEL”
Del Río has said that it is necessary to “change the model” of macro-centers that are “car parks” for the elderly and managed by “unscrupulous” companies, demanding “courageous” proposals to improve care and without neglecting the day-to-day life in the residences current.
“Families do not want to continue doing business with the elderly and disabled,” he added.
Luis Campos, spokesman for NC, has commented that this report reflects the situation of “some” residences in the Canary Islands given that most of them carry out their work adequately, although he has acknowledged that there are “failures in the system” because there are deficiencies.
He has valued the management in the centers during the coronavirus pandemic since the Canary Islands is the community with the least infections and victims and has asked the Diputación del Común that when it observes deficiencies, it transfers them to the Ministry and the Prosecutor’s Office.
Campos has demanded an adequate inspection system and does not understand how in 2019 there were only two in the autonomous community to visit all the centers on the islands.
Hipólito Suárez, of the Popular Group, has recognized that the deficiencies in some residences are “regrettable” and in any case, they “blush” to all the groups and political parties, regardless of who has the management.
He has apologized to the canaries because “everyone” has part of the responsibility for the state of some residences and for the delay in debating the report.
In his opinion, the report is a “wake-up call” about the “ignominy” suffered by the elderly, and he hopes that from now on it will be guaranteed that the care is worthy in all the centers of the archipelago.
Although he has recognized that the residences are an “inheritance” from the previous Government, he has blamed the current team of Noemí Santana for his “inaction” to ensure the integrity of the elderly, for which he has demanded a specific employment plan for social services. “There is a historical shortage of personnel,” he pointed out.
Cristina Valido, from the Grupo Nacionalista, has criticized the “provocation” of the groups for accusing her party of the situation of the residences, underlining that the majority “are fine” and that the good management of the pandemic is also due to the ” inheritance”.
He has asked why the Ministry did not have access to the report until a few weeks ago, has criticized “the flight forward” of the current team of the Ministry and questioned whether the municipalities and councils also have responsibilities.
Valido has asked if the Prosecutor’s Office and the SCS have the report and reported that despite having fewer inspectors in the last Legislature, eight centers were closed. “I am glad that now there are more and we present an initiative so that they can be increased,” he stressed.
Teresa Cruz (PSOE) has commented that the report reveals something that has been “gestating” in recent years with a policy of “saving older people” for which she does not blame the Diputación del Común, which has highlighted it.
He has commented that improving the quality of life of the elderly does not respond to a “magic solution” but has demanded more searches, inspections and sanctions because private companies are “unpunished”.
Cruz has defended the “determined commitment” of the Executive to improve the dependency and strengthen the inspection service and believes that it produces “blush” that until this mandate there was no inspection plan that should have been in place since 2012.