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Friday, January 15, 2021

Spain’s General Medical Council Calls for Health Minister to Resign

The Spain’s general medical council formally called for Health Minister Fernando Simon to resign, after accusing him of “patent and prolonged incompetence” in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and of undermining the morale of overworked doctors all around the country.

The Spain’s general medical council formally called for Health Minister Fernando Simon to resign, after accusing him of “patent and prolonged incompetence” in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and of undermining the morale of overworked doctors all around the country.

On Monday morning, the general council of medical colleges said it had been obliged to call for the Health Minister’s resignation after remarks made last week in which he appeared to blame Spain’s doctors for some of the COVID-19 infections during the first wave of the virus in the spring and early summer.

In a statement, the council said that “In his latest comments on the number of infections among health workers, he literally said: ‘Health professionals have learned lessons following the first wave. Managers are putting in place better care circuits in hospitals. And obviously, we’re seeing better behavior from health workers when it comes to avoiding infection beyond the areas where they work.’”

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