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Title: Independent evaluation of the COVID-19 crisis. Lessons to be learned
Authors: González Lopez-Valcarcel, Beatriz 
Aguado, Ildefonso Hernandez
UNESCO Clasification: 531207 Sanidad
Keywords: Public Health
Health Policy
Issue Date: 2024
Journal: Gaceta Sanitaria 
Abstract: The independent evaluation report on the performance of the National Health System in the face of the COVID crisis is rigorous, well thought out and well executed. It has benefited from the participation of numerous experts and institutions. The altruistic effort of the coordinators and hundreds of experts, professionals and citizens is noteworthy, which does not justify the asymmetry between "everything for free" when it comes to shared intelligence, and market prices when it comes to commissioning reports from consultancy firms that are sometimes not worth the cost. The valuable work has suffered from unexplained delays and delayed dissemination that do not bode well for whether there is interest in learning from the pandemic or leaving it behind and forgetting it. Indeed, valuable reports provided by the public administration itself (listed in the report) have still not been made public, despite the request of the coordinators. However, the mere fact that the evaluation has been carried out under the influence and pressure of scientists and professionals should encourage the actions of civil society organisations. Advocacy is needed to ensure that public administrations see collective intelligence as an invaluable resource to be nurtured and stimulated. Regular accountability of executive powers at all levels needs to be pursued vigorously. Many sensible proposals to improve healthcare have been ignored, but we learned that achievements are made with perseverance. It is not an option, it is part of the core business of public health. (c) 2024 SESPAS. Published by Elsevier Espa & ntilde;a, S.L.U. This is an open access article under the CC BY -NC -ND license (
ISSN: 0213-9111
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2024.102375
Source: Gaceta Sanitaria[ISSN 0213-9111],v. 38, (2024)
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