Pensioners and Babestu demonstrate to demand dignified care in residences


Day of the Elderly


In a demonstration in Bilbao, the Bizkaia Pensioners Movement and the association of relatives of people who use residences have criticized that residences have become “isolation centers where rights are violated”.

The Movement of Pensioners of Bizkaia and the association of relatives of users of residences Protect They have demonstrated this Friday in Bilbao on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly and have focused their claim on the demand for “dignified” care in residences under the slogan “Rights do not expire with age”.

Hundreds of people have responded to the call, which has traveled downtown streets of the city with banners that read “SOS nursing homes and care”, “No to cuts in Osakidetza: more investment and more staff” or “Care dignos. Universal public network of attention to the dependency “.

They have also chanted slogans in defense of a 100% regulatory base for widow’s pensions and against the councils, competent institutions in the field of residences to which they have demanded “more attention” for these centers.

The march began at the City Hall and ended precisely in front of the main headquarters of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, where a manifesto was read which highlighted “the deep concern over the worsening of the living conditions of the users of residences, both public, private or arranged, and the deficiencies they present “, in reference to the irregularities detected, among others, in the Txara 1 residence in San Sebastián, and which the workers extend to the rest.

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After criticizing the “self-sufficient” discourses of the provincial organizations and the Basque Government on this matter, the text affirms that “the privatization and economic efforts” of the institutions have resulted in a “for profit” business model in residences based “on commercial criteria that seek economic profitability” and that “does not cover the social demand for services or needs”.

This situation, it is added, has been aggravated by the pandemic, which has converted residences “in isolation centers, where the rights of users as people have been and continue to be violated “.

Babestu calls the provincial model “prison”

In statements to the media, the Babestu spokesperson, Iraide Urriz, has had an impact on this point and has expressed her complaint because “there have been isolated users in some residences for 15 months”, and in others only relatives can be visited three days a week and for an hour.

“It is a prison system that is already unbearable,” he summarized, and demanded “dignified care, which is not being given now”, while denouncing that the irregularities detected in Gipuzkoa They are also given in the residences of Bizkaia and Aláva. He also recalled that in terms of personnel, the same ratios of the year 1998 are maintained.

Jon Fano, from the Pensioners Movement, has highlighted the “so difficult” situation suffered by the elderly in residences, and has again demanded decent and quality public pensions.

Throughout today demonstrations have also been called in Vitoria-Gasteiz, San Sebastián and Pamplona.

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