Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied in Madrid on Sunday to defend the region’s primary care services, warning that plans to overhaul the system would “destroy” local healthcare.

Primary health care services in the Madrid area have been under great pressure for years due to a lack of funding and staff, and unions claim that the situation has worsened due to poor regional management.

A spokesman for the regional government said 200,000 people were on the streets, but organizers gave three times that figure, saying 650,000 protesters joined the protest.

Aerial footage above the main boulevards leading to City Hall showed a vast sea of ​​protesters pouring in from all directions.

“Your health should never depend on your wallet,” read one giant green banner, while others read: “Health is not for sale, it must be defended,” as thousands of voices demanded the resignation of regional right-wing leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso. .