It Is Recommended That The Regulation As A Matter Of Urgency, Of Law No. 44/2005, Of 29 August – Law Of Associations For The Defence Of Health Users

Original Language Title: Recomenda a regulamentação, com carácter de urgência, da Lei n.º 44/2005, de 29 de Agosto - lei das associações de defesa dos utentes de saúde

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Group MOTION for a RESOLUTION paragraph 434/X Recommends the regulation as a matter of urgency, of law No. 44/2005, of 29 August – Law of associations for the defense of the users of the health law No. 44/2005, of 29 August, ' establishes the rights of participation and intervention of defence associations of users of health at the central administration , regional and local levels ';

By way of derogation from article 10 of the said legislation stipulate that the same would be regulated within 120 days from the date of its publication (August 29, 2005), ended nearly four years ago, this diploma continues to wait for the respective legal framework.

This situation has been widely challenged by the associations of users who are awaiting recognition. The media itself has warned successively to this incomprehensible situation, as was the case with the daily news, October 24, 2008, on the basis of the reports drawn up by parliamentary services on the regulation of legislation passed, if indicated in this Law as the ' champion of the delay in legal regulations by the Government».

The non-regulation of law No. 44/2005, of 29 August, has entailed numerous constraints for the defence associations of users of health, to the detriment of the interest of their clients, in particular with regard to the recognition of their role and activity on the part of the Ministry of health. In fact, the procrastination over regulation of the law prevents associations from enjoying the rights enshrined in it, making the match the objectives that determined its approval.

The Government does not respond to requests for recognition that various associations formalized pursuant to article 7 of the Law, in the last four years, without advance any grounds for such refusal.

Left block initiatives questioning the Government about this inexplicable delay have not obtained any response, remaining unknown to the reasons why the Government didn't meet its obligation to carry out the regulation of law, despite nearly four years on its approval.

The associations of users of health have a great importance for the improvement of the Organization and activity of health units. Your contribution goes far beyond the simple assessment and monitoring of health policies and the operation and performance of health centers and hospitals. Are they the best interpreters in the interest of the local population and the best placed to understand and interpret their habits, lifestyles and social needs. Are a valuable instrument to approach the management of health units to the realities of the community.

This situation is not acceptable and is even, by the Government, a disregard of the duties and powers of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic. It is imperative and urgent that the Government carry out the regulation of law.

Thus, in accordance with the rules and the Constitutional Assembly of the Republic, gathered in plenary session, decides to recommend to the Government to:-Regulations as a matter of urgency, of law No. 44/2005, of 29 August – Law of associations for the defence of health, particularly users with regard to article 7, concerning the ' recognition of the scope and of representation, at the request of interested associations» by the Ministry of health.

São Bento Palace, 25 February 2009. The Members and members of left-wing Block