António Costa e Silva defends that bets on NHS medical careers should cover recovery and resilience plan

Manager António Costa e Silva this Saturday praised the “strong bet on the National Health Service (SNS)” the government made under the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), but defended that it should cover medical careers.

The university professor and manager of the oil company Partex, chosen by Prime Minister António Costa by 2030 to prepare a program of economic and social recovery for the country, known as the “strategic vision” and presented last year, gave his opinion on the PRR Government that has been in public consultation since Tuesday.

In a video conferencing intervention on a Youth Socialist (JS) sponsored forum entitled “Winning the Future – Making Your Voice Be Heard”, António Costa e Silva claimed that “the pandemic crisis showed this at those times when there was a brutal exogenous crisis “. “It’s not the markets, it’s the state, the NHS” salvation.

“I am delighted that under the PRR, the government has considered a strong bet on the NHS and the national health system. And I think that this bet should be made not only in terms of infrastructures but also in terms of professionals, medical professions, assessing and creating conditions for responding to future crises, ”he added.

The professor and manager warned that Portugal must be ready to “face not only the risk of the next pandemic, but also natural disasters, fires and earthquake risks”.

In his opinion, one should therefore try “within the framework of the PRR” to “create a kind of Internet of the territory” consisting of “the ability to process data with aerial photographs, satellite images, drones, sensors, and the ability to process this data” so that “the appropriate guidelines are then defined”.

On the other hand, António Costa e Silva insisted on the idea of ​​this intervention “to host the European capital or the Mediterranean capital of the fight against desertification in Beja or Mértola, to mobilize European funds, to mobilize scientific capacities, universities, polytechnical institutions, municipalities, companies to counter this phenomenon. “

“There are European funds to fight desertification,” he said.

According to Costa e Silva, this is “an area in which Portugal can play a very important role because it can put its geopolitical role at the service of geoeconomics” using its soft power to fight what is one of the greats is the challenges of this century, the fight against desertification, against the threat to the environment ”.

The professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico stressed that the PRR is not the only instrument that gives continuity to the “strategic vision” he presented and stressed the importance of the European Union’s multiannual financial framework.

“And it is obvious that there is little in the PRR of what was in the strategic vision regarding the sea, but the sea is one of the fundamental bets for the future, not just in terms of ports, logistics platforms, but also the study of everything that happens in relation to the oceans, ”he emphasized.

António Costa e Silva gave Norway as an example and his participation in a project with sensors and systems for artificial intelligence on the seabed: “With science, knowledge they intervene in the management of schools, the definition of fishing times and suddenly what a We see that sustainable Fisheries revitalize schools and harness intelligent resources. “

The recovery and resilience plan that Portugal presented to gain access to community funds to deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic includes 36 reforms and 77 social, climate and digital investments, making a total of 13.9 Billion euros corresponds to grants.

Following a first draft presented to the European Commission last October and a discussion process with Brussels, the Portuguese government publicly consulted the preliminary and summarized version of this plan last Tuesday.

According to the executive, three “structuring dimensions” of betting have been defined – resilience, climate change and digital transition – to which EUR 13.9 billion in non-refundable grants from European funds will be allocated.

The document also provides for loans of EUR 2.7 billion.