The number of deceased on the waiting list of the agency in the Valencian Community amounts to 4,510 since last January until October. From them, 1,875 were left in the “limbo of dependency” and others 2,635, pending assessment. With official data from the Ministry of Social Rights, fifteen people die a day in Valencian territory waiting for a favorable resolution. Despite this, by autonomy, the increase in beneficiaries during this year in the Valencian Community stands out, with 11,029 new, 12.5% more than in 2019. Also the Principality of Asturias, with 13% more.
In total, in Spain they have died 29,453 eligible dependents Y 17,748 pending valuation, what represents 160 dead a day in the “bureaucratic labyrinth of the law”, laments the State Association of Directors and Managers in Social Services. By autonomous communities, Catalonia is in the lead with 12,013 deaths on the waiting list. They are followed by Andalusia, with 9,944 and Madrid, with 4,736. The Directors of Social Services criticize that after almost a year of the Government pact, “the financing of the Dependency Care System has not increased by a single euro.”
According to the latest Daily Mortality Surveillance (MoMo) report, prepared by the ministry in which the mortality of people from the Dependency Care System is analyzed and taking into account the data up to October, 148,530 people have died this year in Spain with application for dependency. An excess of mortality of 40,065 people is observed, affecting 2.1% of all applicants. 82% of the deceased were over 80 years old and 42% had a Grade III dependency.
The association observes a “very high impact” on excessive mortality in people cared for in nursing homes, up to a total of 46,756, with an excess of 20,922 deaths, which represents 8.4% of the total dependents cared for in this type of centers. The rate of dependents who died in residences was 199.4 per 1,000. The highest rates were registered in Madrid (293), Castilla La Mancha (261) and Catalonia (237).
The impact of the pandemic
“The impact of the pandemic on the Dependency Care System has been catastrophic, falling back in the important indicators and generating a lot of pain, suffering and death for thousands of dependent people and their families,” lament from the group of the Directors of Social Services.
Specifically, they point out that the variation rates as of October 31, 2020 with respect to the data from before the State of Alarm, are all negative: 34,607 fewer people with the right to benefit pending receipt (12.9% less); 38,925 fewer eligible beneficiaries (2.8% less); 52,750 fewer requests (-2.8%); 41,952 fewer resolutions (-2.4%) and 4,318 beneficiaries with fewer benefits (-0.4%).
The replacement fee
“The replacement rate is not even maintained and the waiting lists go down not because they are attended, but because they swell the lists of cemeteries,” they warn.
The same sources specify that 27% of deceased beneficiary dependents lived in a residence. The communities where this percentage is higher are: Cantabria (44.8% of the deceased beneficiaries had residential care), Catalonia (39.1%), Castilla-La Mancha (36.7%) and Madrid (32.8 %). Those autonomous regions where it is lower are: Castilla y León (11.4%) and La Rioja (12.6%).
Thus, they ask the second vice president of the government and minister of Social Rights, Pablo Iglesias, to “urgently convene the Territorial Council to propose an immediate increase in funding for the Dependency Care System”, complying with the State pact for Dependency and the meeting of regional presidents.
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