The importance of political participation of physicians

Solomon Rodrigues Filho, president of the Regional Council of Medicine of the State of Goiás (Cremego).

Foto: Sérgio Rocha/Governo de Goiás
Solomon Rodrigues Filho, president of the Regional Council of Medicine of the State of Goiás (Cremego)
Solomon Rodrigues Filho, president of the Regional Council of Medicine of the State of Goiás (Cremego)

The current moment experienced by the Brazilian medical community leads us to some thoughts on our performance beyond the desktop. Recent government decisions involving our profession and public health in Brazil, made it clear that not just the doctor and exercise medicine, often dodging obstacles and overcoming challenges arising from the negligence of Government health. The current scenario of public health and the new problems posed to doctors show us that we need to adopt a new approach to face adversity.

In July, we went to the streets in the entire country. We show our claims, we denounce the precariousness of public health, the necessity of regulating the practice of medicine, the threat posed by irregular importation of overseas trained doctors and charge more improvements and investments in the Unified Health System (SUS). Simultaneously, the national medical organizations also acted in the political and legal environment, seeking to ensure the rights of doctors and good assistance to people.

But the government chose to ignore the cry of the medical and impose its will on the whole society. Joints government in Congress ensured the maintenance of the Medical Act vetoes and authoritarianism of the Ministry of Health is assuring the irregular inflow of foreign doctors in the NHS or Brazilians trained abroad.

We should not take these events as defeats, but as incentive to continue learning and defending the right to exert medicine ethically and from providing quality and dignified care to Brazilians who trust in the medical profession. One of the lessons we can draw from these episodes is that we need to intensify our political action. As citizens and voters, we must work to elect candidates committed to the medical and health quality. Furthermore, we should take our daily contact with the population to clarify that the doctor is not to blame for the chaos in public health care. This fault is the federal government.

We educate our patients and their families about who the politicians genuinely concerned and committed to the health and who are those who use the NHS for their own benefit and to serve other interests. Moreover, it is also important medical terms occupying seats in municipal councils, legislative assemblies, Congress and the three levels of the Executive Branch. Therefore, physicians willing to participate in the upcoming elections in 2014 should be aware of the deadlines for party affiliation (until day 5/10/2013) and also the dates of the conventions.

Medical organizations are ready to support physicians candidates with proposals for health and medical grade. Therefore, we urge colleagues to reflect on the need to increase our participation in politics and those interested in applying to contact the medical authorities of his state. This change of attitude is essential for us to get out victorious in future confrontations with the government.

Source: CFM