Disability, report: 80% Italians fail the NHS but almost 90% promote doctors with honors

‘Citizen and disability observatory’ data released during the ‘Bomprezzi-Capulli’ journalism award

For 8 out of 10 Italians, the National Health Service (SSN) does not provide adequate responses to people with disabilities. For 63% there is not even an effective response to health needs related to disability. Almost 4 out of 10 Italians move from their region to find adequate care and support. However, it is the medical staff who still constitute the real flagship of the NHS: 86% of those interviewed have a strongly positive perception of the training and ability of the doctors encountered. It is the photograph taken for 2023 by the third survey of the ‘Citizens and Disability’ Observatory with commentary by Swg on the relationship between people with disabilities and healthcare, presented today during the award ceremony of the Bomprezzi – Capulli Journalism Award in Rome and at the same time in Milan.

“These data reveal a complex situation, also aggravated by the difficulties triggered by the pandemic of recent years – explains Stefano Malfatti, communication and fundraising director of the Serafico of Assisi – in most Italian healthcare facilities there is a lack of real specific protocols for people with disabilities in addition to a significant shortage of trained staff. Il Serafico, for example, having always been inspired by the desire to combine ‘curing’ with ‘taking care’ – adds Malfatti – works daily to make outpatient services for people with disabilities increasingly suited to their state of health; but unfortunately our NHS is still tailor-made for the sick and not for the sick with disabilities. This is why the issue of accessibility to care must become a priority on which to base our society, through a real cultural turning point that leads us to full recognition of the dignity and rights of the most fragile, and which is capable of overcoming the inequalities in all sectors of healthcare”.

The event of discussion with the world of the media on information, disability, constructive and social journalism – a note informs – concluded with the awarding of the ‘Franco Bomprezzi’ journalism prize – in first place Lidia Scognamiglio (Tg2 Medicina 33), then Chiara Dall’Angelo with Luca Capponi (Quattro Colonne, newspaper of the School of Journalism of Perugia) and in third place Gabriella Meroni (periodical Sacra Famiglia) – and of the audiovisual prize dedicated to her Tg2 colleague Maria Grazia Capulli, who saw first Monica Matano (RaiSport) placed, followed by Paolo Maria Alfieri (Avvenire) and, third place ex aequo, Linda Dorigo (Tgr Rai Basilicata) and Benedetta Sangirardi (Effe). To these were added 4 special mentions awarded upon proposal of the jury to: Valerio Nicolosi (Mediaset Group – author Chora Media), Marina Cuollo and Francesca Gastaldi (Vanity Fair) and Luigi Ripamonti (Corriere della Sera – Editor-in-Chief of Corriere Salute), this last chosen in collaboration with the newly created Cernuschi Prize, a prize dedicated to the memory of the Milanese entrepreneur who, among the first in Italy, firmly believed in a new model of healthcare for disabled people.

“I believe that this is an initiative capable of capturing all aspects of inclusion and attention to others – states the Minister of Disabilities Alessandra Locatelli – which is cultivated from year to year also thanks to the stories told by the journalists in the competition. It is it is important to correctly inform and communicate these issues which are often overshadowed by many others. The world of Third Sector entities and the projects that are carried out in favor of the most vulnerable people represent an excellence of our country: we must commit ourselves to always valorising these experiences” .

The president of the Bomprezzi Prize, Simonetta Morelli, is already thinking about the future: “We are already working to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Franco’s death next year. A colleague and friend who we miss and whose human need and capacity for vision we sense. On the other hand, we decided to focus the statistical investigation of the 2024 report ‘Citizens and Disability’ on violence against disabled women and work, fundamental themes – he concludes – to guarantee the rights of the individual”.