Sunday, May 6, 2012
Treating the sick..."illegal" or not
An inspiring story from the Murcia region this week. A group of medical staff are simultaneously defending the existence of this nation’s universal public health system as well as the rights of those who are some of the “most vulnerable:” unregistered “illegal” immigrants.
They are resisting the government´s moves towards discrimination and have decided to treat the sick whether they “have [residence] papers” or not.
Their argument is that it is against Spain’s constitution to deny anyone entry into public health centres. They also maintain that blocking access to treatment could result in dangers to the entire population’s health because it could lead to the spread of infectious diseases.