Tumors, Schillaci: “With mRna vaccines we are at a turning point but it will take time”

The Minister of Health: “It is essential to reaffirm the importance of research”. Then on Covid: “vaccination for the frail and elderly” in the autumn

“It is excellent news for many cancer patients and many suffering from cardiovascular diseases”. Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said so on Tg1 Mattina regarding the new vaccines with mRna technology. “We are probably at a turning point, it will take time but it is essential to reiterate the importance of research – he underlined – The hope is that we will come to have effective vaccines to fight cancer”.

COVID – Then, to a question about the next vaccination campaign against Covid, Schillaci replied: “After 3 years of suffering, I think we have left the pandemic behind. There are reassuring data on the pressure from hospitals”. The minister added: “It is clear that there will be vaccination that we will recommend to frail and elderly patients, but we have no problem with vaccine stocks”.

UNIVERSITY’ – On the capped number and enrollments in the Faculty of Medicine, Schillaci explained: “Not an exceeding of the capped number, but an enlargement of the enrollments; I believe that already this year the number of members will be able to increase by between 20 and 30%”.

AUTONOMY – As for differentiated autonomy, the minister observed: “It is the Regions that today manage a large part of public health and even today there are different levels of assistance from region to region”. The hope is that “it may become an opportunity for the ministry to have greater control over what the Regions do to accompany those in difficulty and give them virtuous models from which to take an example”. Autonomy is “an opportunity to overcome inequalities and not to widen the inequalities that unfortunately still exist today,” Schillaci said.

DECRIMINALIZATION– A guest on Tg1 Mattina, the minister also spoke of defensive medicine, “a long-standing problem, which leads to an increase in the demand for tests and visits with the wrong attitude on the part of the health professionals, because it multiplies tests and visits and contributes greatly to lengthening the lists of wait”. For this reason “I believe that the decriminalization” of medical negligence “and giving greater attention to the work of doctors is necessary” to defeat the phenomenon of defensive medicine. “I think it is right and desirable – he added – that all patients take the tests they need and we need to avoid unnecessary tests that lengthen the queues and create problems for the national health system”.

The one on decriminalization will be “a measure not so much and not only for doctors – underlined the minister – but above all for patients so that everyone has the opportunity to have the tests they need done in due time, and I am thinking above all of cancer patients. Delaying tests and treatment for these patients – Schillaci warned – is something unacceptable”.