Social internments and chronic illness. Deputy Ombudsman explains when and how to appeal

Deputy Ombusdman,Teresa Anjinho, participates in the 6th conference of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH), in the panel where the conclusions of the most recent Barometer of Social Hospitalizations will be debated.

In the afternoon, the Deputy Ombudsman participates in the XIX Conference of A.N.D.A.R, the National Association of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Teresa Anjinho takes part in the roundtable devoted to "Patient-centered health policies" under the theme "Ombudsman: when and how to appeal."

In Portugal there are about 40,000 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease that can limit the daily gestures of these patients, such as opening a door, grabbing a pen or putting on shoes.

The Ombudsman is an independent state body that defends people who see their fundamental rights violated or feel harmed by unfair or unlawful acts of the administration or other public authorities. In Portugal, the Ombudsman is also the National Institution of Human Rights, and it is up to him to promote and defend human rights and ensure that the Portuguese State complies with the international conventions it has signed in this area.