By John Ensor •
Published: 17 Aug 2023 • 12:36
Child patient in hospital.
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A vital section of Spain’s health care professionals are seeking the help of the public, in order to boost the treatment and care of some of the most vulnerable ones in our society.
It is a little-known fact that Spain’s paediatric specialists, such as cardiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists, allergists and 23 other specialists, who care for millions of children and adolescents in Spain, are not officially recognized by the Spanish national health system.
The 12,000 paediatricians of the Spanish Association of Paediatrics (AEP) are fighting for the recognition of paediatric specialists, a vital step to ensure the quality of medical care for children and adolescents.
For years, the AEP has been battling for the official recognition of paediatric specialists, similar to what is seen in other countries. The situation reached a critical point recently, with the AEP’s public plea for support. The public has been asked to give their collective weight by adding their names on Change.org.
Without formal recognition, the future of child healthcare is jeopardized. The AEP argues that this is the way to ‘safeguard the quality of health care for the child and adolescent population.’ They urge the public to sign and share the petition to ensure paediatric specialists receive the same recognition as adult medical specialists.
The fight for recognition is not just a professional matter; it’s a right that children and adolescents deserve. The 12,000 paediatricians of the AEP are committed to accrediting the quality of their specific training and professional competence. Without paediatric specialists, they warn, ‘the future of our children will be less healthy.’
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
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