On Wednesday, the minister of health, Marta Temido,
announced in parliament that the new statute will be approved this week by the
Council of Ministers.
The Government Program emphasises that the statute, along
with the investments foreseen in the Recovery and Resilience Plan, will
contribute with the “necessary instruments for the effective change of the
The document, which will make it possible to regulate
specific aspects of the Basic Health Law approved in 2019, comes at a time when
the SNS is still recovering from the effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In recent weeks, some public hospitals have also faced
difficulties in ensuring full rosters of doctors, resulting in constraints and
the temporary closure of these services, with the re-routing of patients to
This situation has led doctors' representatives to denounce
the departure of SNS specialists to the private sector, due to the lack of
attractiveness of public hospitals, with the Government guaranteeing that, since
2015, more than 32,000 professionals have entered the SNS - 15,000 in the last
two years, 4,000 of which are specialists.
In this context, Minister Marta Temido has responded with
the “strategic solutions” provided for in the new SNS Statute, claiming that
she will achieve a vision in terms of human resources with the autonomy of
hiring, with incentives for health professionals.
In the area of management, one of the main innovations of
the document is the creation of a new Executive Directorate at the central
level, which will be responsible for coordinating the assistance response of
the health units and ensuring the functioning of the SNS in a network.
The Government claims that this new entity will assume a
role of operational coordination of the SNS that proved necessary in the
response to the pandemic and that must now be reinforced, but the Ordem dos
Médicos considers that it is “nonsense” because there are already structures
that can perform the same tasks.