On World Health Day, more than 300 organisations and groups have called on the Government, through a manifesto, to put a definitive end to the exclusion experienced by thousands of people in Spain, which began just 10 years ago with the approval of Royal Decree-Law 16/2012.

Activists and those affected by this discriminatory situation gathered in front of the Ministry of Health before handing over the Manifesto.

After explaining the situation suffered by more than five thousand people – cases that have been documented – and reading the Manifesto, some of those affected by Royal Decree-Law 16/2012 gave testimony.

The organisations denounce that “the new Law on Equity, Universality and Cohesion of the National Health System, whose draft bill will soon be approved by the Council of Ministers, does not correct many of the loopholes and deficiencies of the current regulation and call for an urgent return to the model of universal health system prior to 2012”.

The more than 300 signatory organisations include scientific societies such as the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS) or the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (SemFyc); NGOs such as Salud por Derecho, Médicos del Mundo, Amnesty International, CEAR, Oxfam Intermón, Red Acoge or Kifkif, Asociación de Migrantes y Refugiados LGTBI; and social collectives such as Yo Sí Sanidad Universal, Red Solidaria de Acogida, Red Solidaria Popular Latina Carabanchel, Red Interlavapiés, Asociación Apoyo, CP San Carlos Borromeo, Coordinadora de Barrios, Valiente Bangla or Asociación Colectivo Territorio Doméstico.