Lisbon, September 1: Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido resigned on Tuesday after widespread criticism of her decision to temporarily shut down emergency obstetrics wards and forcibly transfer a pregnant Indian woman between hospitals.
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Temido said in one sentence that she “no longer had the conditions” to hold the post, which the prime minister accepted, Portugal’s national public broadcaster RTP News reported. His resignation was announced five hours after the death of a pregnant woman in Lisbon was announced.
In a note published on the official website of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had already assumed that he was waiting for the resignation request from the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, and the proposal to appoint her replacement.
“The President of the Republic has been informed by the Prime Minister, (…) of the intention of the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, to leave office, a position which she has accepted”, reads in a text posted on the presidency’s web page under the title “Note on the intention of the Minister of Health to leave office”.
A pregnant Indian woman died on Saturday after being transferred from Santa Maria Hospital to Sao Francisco Xavier Hospital on Tuesday due to a lack of vacancies in the neonatology ward.
During the trip, there was a cardiorespiratory arrest and resuscitation work was carried out on the transport, RTP News reported.
According to the Centro Hospitalar Universitario Lisboa Norte (CHULN), at the Sao Francisco Xavier Hospital, the pregnant woman was “subjected to an urgent caesarean section, the newborn, weighing 722 grams, going to the neonatal intensive care unit for prematurity”.
“The mother was hospitalized in intensive care, and died,” said the CHULN, sending “the most sincere condolences to the family”.
Meanwhile, Marta Temido will remain in office until a successor is chosen. The successor must be approved by the Council of Ministers scheduled for September 15. But the presentation can be anticipated.
Secretaries of State Antonio Lacerda Sales and Maria de Fatima Fonseca are also leaving the Ministry of Health.
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