Fecode calls an extraordinary meeting due to crisis in the teachers’ health system

Fecode calls an extraordinary meeting due to crisis in the teachers’ health system
Fecode calls an extraordinary meeting due to crisis in the teachers’ health system

The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) announced that this Wednesday, May 29 A national meeting will be held in order to analyze the delicate situation presented in the new teacher health model.

According to the union, “the transition stage for its implementation to date has generated difficulties, uncertainties, conflicts, tensions in the territories, disputes between the new and the status quo, the public and the private, between the old providers. and the new entities that offer the service,” reads a statement issued by Fecode.

For the teaching profession, “the Fiduprevisora ​​(entity that is in charge of managing the resources of the Teaching Social Benefits Fund -Fomag-) which by law assumed as the sole articulatordoes not assume this problem with immediate and sufficient resolution capacity, on the other hand, an offensive is set up by some media and sectors of traditional politics, by directing actions that hinder the stabilization, continuity and contiguity of the model.

In this way, the objective of the meeting is to be able to evaluate the current state of the new model and how access to the right to health by teachers has been affected, as well as different conditions such as the contracting of the network of providers, the dispensing of medications, among others.

​It is worth remembering that The National Superintendent of Health, Luis Carlos Leal Angarita, announced a precautionary measure to Fiduprevisora ​​and Fomag due to the disastrous consequences suffered by users of the system in the provision of services and health care.

According to the entity, to date more than 2,100 complaints have been received from Fomag users in less than 20 days and despite the fact that the entity has made eleven requests to both institutions, it claims to have not received a response, which is why it is taken this precautionary measure.

The decision, which immediately orders attention to those 2,100 cases and the others that are being presented, occurs within the framework of the inspection, surveillance and control functions of Supersalud, and in accordance with the provisions of the regulations. current, which allows this type of measures to be taken when people’s lives are at risk, just as is happening with the users of this special regime.

“The main objective of this type of measure is the elimination of any type of barrier that is currently affecting adequate patient care, guaranteeing continuity and quality in the provision of health services,” said Leal Angarita.

‘They made us jump into the void’

5 questions to Victoria Avendaño, Fecode executive:

Do you think there was improvisation in the model?

From the beginning I stated that a discussion of this magnitude required more time to have all the elements that would guarantee that we were not going to take a leap into the void. Indeed there was not enough time, there was no preparation. The model was announced on April 1 to start on May 1. That’s why I voted against. I am not particularly against the changes, because that is why we did the strikes and mobilizations, but that all changes must be for the better and not for the worse.

Why do you talk about a ‘jump into the void’?

May 1 arrived and after 25 days of starting the new model, this is a disaster. The model was started without hiring IPS. It went from 10 contracts with 10 operators by Fiduprevisora ​​to more than 10,000 direct contracts with the IPS, because the Government unilaterally changed the contracting manual. But those contracts weren’t even there, what they had were letters of intent. Many fewer IPS of those 10,000 began to work and without having signed a contract. Then they started saying that they were in a transition period, when the transition period should have been earlier. They forced us to take a leap into the void.

How serious is the situation?

People do not have health services, they are barely providing primary care in some parts and in some episodes emergency services are barely being provided, without contracting, only with a letter of intent. There is no effective second and third level care. This is serious because nearly 316,000 Fomag members are chronic patients.

Whose fault is it?

The Minister of Health blames Fiduprevisora, Fiduprevisora ​​blames the Minister of Health, blames the Government. Here they are all responsible, it is the Government, because the proposal came from the President of the Republic himself and was seconded by the ministers, it was approved in the board of directors of Fomag by three ministers, and Fiduprevisora, which is the sole operator. At the national level, it also belongs to the Government, it has a majority participation of the State. The errors committed by Fiduprevisora ​​are also attributable to the Government.

However, officially Fecode continues to support the Government…

In previous governments, for less than what is happening today, Fecode had already called the Colombian teachers to go on strike. Today the Federation and the regional unions are late. The union is not a political party, even if it has political positions, it represents the rights and interests of the workers, that is why they elect us.

MATEO CHACÓN ORDUZ | Education Editorial

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