In Italy, only paradoxes are certain. Like the fact that, a year if no less since the announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic (the “19” stands for “2019”, but the month is not specified…), the sick are treated only with paracetamol – in line with the directive of the Italian Drug Agency to general practitioners – and… by waiting vigilantly at home. But waiting for what?
Ambulances stuck in front of the ER due to a shortage of space? Patients arriving at the hospital when it’s mostly too late to cure pneumonia? GPs being stripped of the duty to care and the right to do so, as they should be able to do according to the science they believe in? So many dead, already cremated, because autopsies are not allowed?
In the face of all this, home care for Covid-19 patients becomes strategic and necessary.
The association “Lawyer In Mission”, over which I preside, appeals to the political forces and their representatives of good will to submit to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, through a parliamentary question, a formal request to explain why the easiest way to provide treatment to the sick immediately and at home has not been taken into account as of yet.
Why is it that the voices of physicians who have treated Covid-19 patients at home, or even online, and have achieved positive results without hospitalization, are not being heard? Moreover, they have been mocked, and even silenced. Maybe because “telemedicine” is only for prescribing do-it-yourself abortions, even to underage girls?
On March 4, the Administrative Court of Latium granted the precautionary petition filed by the doctors of the Covid-19 Home Care Committee, represented by Grimaldi. The Court established that the doctors’ request to prescribe the drugs they deem most appropriate “in good conscience” is well-founded. Sometimes justice works. An immediate revision of the ministerial guidelines is now required.
In short, it is time for a change of pace. It’s time to put the citizen at the center with his rights to freedom, health and work. It’s time to overhaul the NHS, to invest in increasing the number of GPs, to provide them with the treatment patterns that have shown to be effective, and perhaps to get someone off the bench who has proved incapable of prescribing a different treatment, even if – admirable auditu – it worked in several cases.