The Popular Parliamentary Group has registered this week a total of 68 new initiatives in the Congress of Deputies related to the coronavirus crisis. Specifically, it has presented 16 Non-Law Propositions; a battery of 41 written questions; 8 requests for data, reports and documents; and 3 appearances of ministers. With these, there are already 91 initiatives promoted by the Popular Party since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
The GPP has presented this week 16 Proposals No of Law, among them, the one referring to the need to implement measures that avoid the disproportionate increase in the prices of sanitary protection equipment (masks, gloves, glasses …).
He has also requested that the telephone service for the renewal of prescription drugs be implemented throughout the National Health System and that an App be developed so that citizens can inform themselves and follow up on infected people throughout the national territory, as well as the creation of a free telephone line to support the healthcare professionals' practice and the empowerment of a free telephone to provide psychological care related to this crisis. In addition, it proposes that PCR tests be carried out on all healthcare personnel suspected of infection.
In relation to the protection of people in vulnerable situations During the state of alarm, the GPP asks the Government to take measures to avoid increasing the risk of attacks by gender violence as a consequence of the limitation of the free movement of people. It also asks you to set exceptions to the movement restrictions set by the coronavirus for patients with autism spectrum disorder. It has also requested that carriers have access to necessary services such as toilets in rest areas, reinforcement of police surveillance, etc.
Moreover, eThe Popular Group has presented two initiatives on RTVE, to adjust the programming of its channels, media and stations to the needs of the current crisis and to urgently prepare a programming plan for its international broadcasts that highlights the attractions and Spain's tourism potential to contribute to the recovery of the sector when the crisis is overcome.
Lastly, the GPP has asked the Government to request the European Parliament to apply its Code of Conduct to MEP Clara Ponsatí, for her offensive tweet about the effects of the coronavirus in Madrid (in her official twitter account she wrote “from Madrid to sky ”from a news story about public health risks in the Community of Madrid).
In the new battery of written questions registered by the GPP -33, in total-, the Government is questioned about the use it has made of the Royal Decree of extraordinary urgent measures of COVID-19 to modify the regulatory law of the CNI and shield the Vice President Iglesias.
The GPP also wants to know why the UME has not been deployed in Catalonia and the Basque Country as in the rest of the territory and why this army unit did not come to disinfect Bilbao airport on March 17, as advertised.
In addition, he asks the Minister of Health about the conclusions reached at the meeting of EU Health Ministers on February 13; on the tangible and effective measures with which the Government intends to guarantee the supply and avoid the shortage of protective equipment; on the repeated complaints of the Autonomous Communities for the notorious lack of this protection material; on the requisitions of masks; on the technical criteria followed to carry out the coronavirus tests; on the CSIC centers selected to receive aid for the investigation of a vaccine against COVID-19; on whether or not it has reinforced the State Public Employment Service to cope with the increase in requests for ERTEs; or on the request of the SATSE nursing union for pregnant or breastfeeding health workers to stop working, among other issues.
In relation to nursing homes, the GPP wants to know if the Ministry of Health is providing them with sufficient health personnel and material resources and to know the date on which the Government designed the specific protocol for these homes.
Finally, the GPP wishes to know the reasons why the Government has not included the Ministry of Economy and / or Finance in the group of ministers considered to be the delegated competent authority during the state of alarm and for the reason why Vice President Iglesias did not has respected quarantine on at least two occasions, since He appeared at a press conference with the Minister of Health on March 19 and attended the Council of Ministers on March 14. Regarding this last presence, the GPP also wants to know why the TVE news program assured that Vice President Iglesias had gone to that meeting with a mask, when the images showed otherwise.
Request for data, reports and documents
In this area, the GPP wants to know the criteria that the Government will follow to distribute the 210 million euros announced among the Autonomous Communities, as well as the requests transferred by these communities and the territorial distribution of the more than 30,000 professionals added to the National System of Health.
The GPP wants to know the total of the material acquired by the Government – specifying its type, price, supplier and destination – and the relation of the material distributed among the autonomous communities, distinguishing between seized and acquired material, as well as knowing the relation of companies to which the Government has requisitioned material, with detailed information on the amount and type of seized. It also asks to know the dates of publication and implementation of all action protocols that the Government has promoted.
The Popular Parliamentary Group has requested the appearance of the Minister of Health to account for his management in the face of the crisis caused by the coronavirus; that of the Minister of Consumption, to report on the measures developed by the Government to guarantee the access of citizens to consumer goods and essential services in the restrictive situation caused by this crisis; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to report on the measures implemented to repatriate Spanish citizens who are in other countries affected by COVID-19.