Hundreds of care home and nursing home workers alongside family members of people who are living in them or died in the facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic protested for more resources and personnel, and improved conditions for the workers and residents, on Saturday in Madrid.
The march, organised by the Stream of Nursing Homes group went through the city centre between Puerta del Sol and the headquarters of the Ministry of Health and the Vice Presidency of Social Rights. Other demonstrations were held in 18 other cities around the country, calling for an end to the precariousness of geriatric care.
«I am here to defend the dignity of my husband, who has been in a nursing home with Alzheimer's for five years,» said Ana Maria, one of the protesters. «Seventy have died in the nursing home where he is, and I am here to claim the dignity of all my friends who lost their loved ones,» she added.
According to data from regional governments, a total of 20,307 elderly people died from COVID-19 or similar symptoms in the more than 5,000 residences in Spain, both public and private. Of these, in the Community of Madrid, 5,984 residents died in 710 residences until June 16, the last day in which the Government of Madrid gave these figures.