The viral speech of Pedro Almodóvar demanding the state of Public Health in Madrid: “The system is on the brink of collapse”
The filmmaker called for an ovation for the health workers “because of the chaotic and precarious situation” in which they live, and that “endangers one of the pillars of our welfare society”
The Spanish director said that healthcare is on the brink of collapse
The renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar made a strong claim this Saturday in defense of the public health system, recalling the sacrifices made by staff during the pandemic and denouncing that the situation is about to collapse.
Upon receiving a tribute with the Feroz de Honor Award, in recognition of his career with 22 feature films, two short films, two Oscars, one Ariel and numerous Goyas, the filmmaker took advantage of the speech to include a message addressed to the Madrid authorities .
his life in the pandemic.”
“Given the barbarism that is being carried out in the Community in which I live, this group is having a very bad time. Their vocation – that of doctors – is to cure and on many occasions they cannot do so due to the chaotic and precarious situation in which primary care services live”. As he stressed, this “naturally affects hospital emergencies and puts our health system on the brink of collapse”
And, although he said that he understands that “the gala has another purpose”, he did not want to miss the opportunity to make visible that “the health problems of the Spanish they affect us all, regardless of the fact that some of us have the possibility of going to private healthcare”.
And he concluded: “For the toilets we applauded at 8 During the pandemic, this applause of support for their demands, empathy and understanding of the terrible situation they are experiencing is dedicated to them. Because it endangers one of the pillars of our welfare society: the universal and free public health system. For them!”. At that moment, the public stood up to continue the ovation.
For February 12, a march is called in Madrid in defense of the Public health and against cuts to the system.
Almodóvar had already been moved at the gala when he went on stage, when he saw his mother in the tribute video. “With these awards one feels in a thousand ways, and one of them is very fragile. It is one of the prizes in which one should not cry, but you have put an image of my mother saying that she will call him and it is too hard and too exciting”, explained the director, trying unsuccessfully to contain the cries tears.
“I'm absolutely down, sorry. My mother has inspired almost every movie I've ever made,” he added.
With some humor, he also assured that an honorary award won't get him into retirement.