Reform of blood donation conditions for homosexuals: “We are not going to the end of logic”, according to Sophie Rohonyi (Challenge)

It is not just the Covid in political life. Our elected officials are also working on other health issues. This Tuesday, the House Health Committee adopted a bill aimed at reforming blood donation conditions for men who have sex with men. “We are moving forward but we are not going to the end of logic“reacts Sophie Rohonyi, federal deputy Défi, at the microphone of Matin Première.

Today, when a man who has sex with other men wants to donate blood, he must first respect a period of abstinence of 12 months. The bill aims to reduce this period of abstinence to 4 months.

Some parties of the Vivaldi sit on their deep convictions.

A change that does not satisfy the MP. She recalls that her socialist colleagues, who carried the text, argue that there is no scientific consensus which would make it possible to abolish this period of abstinence. According to her, there is also no scientific consensus that would make it possible not to authorize this advance: “It is a purely political decision where we see certain parties of the Vivaldi sit on their deep convictions to satisfy other parties of the Vivaldi.”

We stay in the system that says that homosexual men are necessarily irresponsible.

Ultimately, the objective is to completely eliminate this period of abstinence. The proposal voted yesterday therefore constitutes a step on this path, but, for Sophie Rohonyi, it is not a step forward. “In the end, we stay with the system, which is really problematic in this file, which says that homosexual men are necessarily irresponsible, even if they are in a stable love relationship, even if they get tested regularly, and even if they do not engage in risky sexual behavior. We ask these questions to heterosexuals, and we trust them through questionnaires. But we don’t even bother to ask homosexuals.”

Inami numbers: “always a sword of Damocles”

Another important health file: the future granting of Inami numbers for medical students. An agreement was concluded at the end of April between Flanders and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation on this subject, and validated by the federal government: from 2023, on the French-speaking side, the entrance examination to medical studies will be replaced by an entry competition, with a predetermined quota of winners based on the numbers available, either the precious sesame that actually allows you to be able to practice after your studies. By 2028, a new method of calculation will be introduced for the distribution of these numbers across the country, this time avoiding the slippages of the past, mainly on the side of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. By 2028, a new method of calculation will be introduced for the distribution of these numbers across the country, this time avoiding the slippages of the past, mainly on the side of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

For the parliamentarian Challenge, this agreement is a good thing, because it is finally recognized that it is necessary to increase the Inami quotas to meet the shortage of doctors.

However, adds Sophie Rohonyi, there is always a sword of Damocles above the heads of the students: “The accountability mechanism means that if students are admitted beyond the federally admitted Inami quotas, some may not end up receiving their numbers.”

The other fearshe adds, is that the entrance examination risks establishing a certain elitism in access to medical studies. I find it dramatic.

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