OPINION: Indolence Worse than Pandemic

Bureaucracy puts medical staff lives at lives at risk

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THE MINISTER of Health and other authorities in the sector paint for us a reality very distant from that experienced in the country's public hospitals. All personnel working in these institutions are exposed, but especially so is the front line defense.

 Its deficiencies are of unacceptable inhumanity; they run the risk of catching and infecting third parties due to the lack of protection supplies. The times that bureaucratic procedures take are implausible. These deficiencies tell us about the sacrifice of hospital personnel who put the health of the population above their own safety. Politicians, on the other hand, only give us excuses. Their justifications do not explain, for example, why a modular hospital works without the countersignature of the Comptroller, but purchases to protect health personnel must meet every last bureaucratic requirement, despite the fact that they have begun to catch and even die; or why some purchases go through the long process and others simply do not even appear in Panama Compra. This indolence has turned out to be much worse than the pandemic itself. Now, the minister has promised to solve such a serious situation. For the good of the country, so be it. LA PRENSA, Jul, 27

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Transparency is not enough—if a country wants to cut corruption, improve the economy, simplify life for its people, the solution is not that difficult: slash bureaucracy, cut most regulations, and simplify processes. We only have to look at the US under President Trump to see the effects of one step—despite massive pushback—cut regulations which create an undue burden on business and society. I’ve always found in business that if you want something done, give the task to a “busy” person—they are experienced at managing time and priorities. Redundant staff breed laziness, incompetence and increased costs. Simplifying procedures from the top down affects every aspect of people’s lives for the better. If Panama has a similar “deep state” as does the US, the challenge to leadership is gaining massive PUBLIC support to cut bureaucratic jobs, to ask “the people” how everyday non-job related tasks can be made easier for them. Sitting behind some fancy desk in an insanely opulent office, seeking more of a god-like image than a leader with the “people’s interest” first and foremost. Get out into various areas of the country, sit around a extended restaurant table and listen to what’s in the hearts and minds of Mr Everydayman. Then follow through. Countries don’t need or want a King, especially true in struggling third world countries—they want/need a strong leader on the “people’s” side. Do these things and you won’t need a militia of police enforcing mask/quarantine/transit laws — they’ll be willing to comply because you’ve earned their trust. Help your people enjoy life by not eliminating their freedoms like a dictator. Panama will regain what it lost—economywise, socially, and trust in leadership. God gave us all—including the President—two ears and one mouth. But listen to the “right” people,not other politicians but the everyday man. Seek to understand what are their hopes be it in a small, isolated community in the far reaches of the country or in a metropolitan area and then follow through with your damnedest efforts to give them what they need so they can be self-sufficient and be a society with pride and personal gain.

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