Among users’ main complaints are the lack of family doctors, the insufficient number of appointments available per day and long queues to book an appointment.
Lagos’ City Council assigned the Algarve’s Regional Health Administration (ARS) to echo the dissatisfaction expressed by the local population, given the lack of responsiveness in providing Primary Health Care at Lagos’Health Centre.
The municipality admits the situation is directly linked to the extinction of the «USF Amendoeira» Family Health Unit and the lack of effective solutions to overcome the absence of services previously provided by this structure.
Among the main complaints from users are the lack of family doctors, the insufficient number of appointments available per day and the long queues that form until the service opens to try their luck and get an appointment.
“Even though the National Health Service (SNS) is undergoing structural change, struggling with constraints of various kinds and that human, technical and financial resources must be managed in a balanced manner and under the principles of good management”, the municipality argues “that the SNS cannot fail to pursue the objectives for which it was created and respond to the difficulties that are affecting the population’s access to the health care to which they are entitled”.
Thus, “in the spirit of good institutional cooperation, which has always existed”, the City Council reaffirms its conviction that “with the support of the organic Health structures in the Algarve and the Barlavento, the ARS Algarve will be able to quickly respond to the pressing and urgent questions raised by the population”, of which the municipality is the legitimate spokesperson.