At a time when, in many aspects, it seems that the focus of attention of our health care system is exclusively on economic matters (and, let’s be clear, the cutbacks), it is important to highlight the nature of our health care centers as generators of wealth and wellbeing. Many studies have shown that health care divestment is leading to extra costs due to the detrimental effects on the health of the population and because, as one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy, instead of helping with the recovery, divestment has contributed to slowing growth. In the debate in this area, patient-care organizations must contribute a dual vision that politics sometimes ignores. We are protagonists and our role is not only to carry out the instructions that we receive in the form of tough legislation; we must take part in the debate and contribute to it with our proposals, not just our complaints. We are also the ones who are on the frontline with the citizens and who witness every day how their health improves and how it deteriorates as a result of our activity or our inactivity. We also have knowledge in this area and we must have a voice.
Having said that, and all this forms part of the program, which, I repeat, we must not renounce as an intelligent organization, we must recognize the daily effort made by the professionals, which is reflected in the maintenance of activity in the search for solutions for a more efficient clinical management, in adapting to the cutbacks that have been required of us and in the quest for excellence and quality, which are the only guarantees of future success. We on the board of governors insist on the principles of management autonomy, shared responsibility and transparency, which we want for Parc de Salut MAR (MAR Health Park) (PSMAR) with respect to the health care authorities - principles that are also valid in relation to the organization and the professionals who work in it, as has been clearly demonstrated when negotiating the new collective agreement and in the development of the code of ethics and code of good professional practices. In this 2012 annual report of PSMAR, besides a summary of the activity in data and actions, you will find the goals that we set ourselves and which will be the yardstick used a year from now to determine whether we have kept our word.
The situation of uncertainty and cutbacks simply means more challenges for our health care professionals and administrators. And faced with this, our attitude is neither an automated and therefore passive response nor a strident posture, but a posture that comes from reflection, knowledge and responsibility. Our response is to take on our commitments with health science and with society.
Josep Maria Via