With “significant concern” Castilla y León contemplates how 28 percent of its MIR positions for Family Medicine have remained vacant in the last call. A concern that the Ministry also shares, assured yesterday the Minister of Health, Alejandro Vázquez, who appealed to the Government – he has already transferred it to the minister of the branch, Carolina Darias – with the aim of eliminating the cut-off note to be able to access training places for future medical professionals as residents. And it is that this year 900 applicants have been left out due to that “cut-off point higher than the exam pass grade,” said the counselor in statements to the media before participating in an event held in Madrid on chronic diseases.

But, in addition, he requested that it be guaranteed that “the quota of non-EU citizens is fully covered.” “I think the Ministry is going to be receptive to both things and is trying to do something,” said Vázquez, confident in the face of a problem that autonomies such as Catalonia and Extremadura also have.

The counselor also stated that in Castilla y León there is “concern, but not alarm” about the known cases of monkeypox in Spain. In this sense, he launched a “call for calm” and to comply with the prevention measures that have been transferred by the health authorities. “In Castilla y León we are not aware that there are cases, which does not mean that there are not,” he concluded.

In addition, Vázquez assured about chronic diseases that it is a “very important” aspect due to the high number of people who suffer from them and the health cost they entail. “We are obliged to improve” and that is why the strategy in this matter will be updated, he indicated, after two years of a pandemic in which many patients have seen “access to control” of their pathologies made difficult. In Castilla y León, 15% of the population has a chronic disease and 33, four or more ailments of this type.