The former Minister of Health and Social Security of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Eduard Rius i Pey (Tarragona, 1953) died today, Monday, as reported by the Ministry through X, former Twitter. Rius, a member of the CDC since 1983, was the third Minister of Health of President Jordi Pujol, between January 1996 and November 2002.
He has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), specialized in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and worked as a doctor in the hospital of Sant Pau and Santa Tecla until 1988 when he was appointed delegate of the Department of Health in Tarragona.
In the six years and ten months of Rius’ mandate as Minister of Health, he faced the mad cow crisis, several food poisoning and legionella outbreaks, as well as the crisis of L’Aliança, the main insurance company in the health of Catalonia, which in two instances of the autonomous administration.
During his time, the living will for terminally ill patients was also launched, the 061 service was extended to all of Catalonia, tattoo and piercing centers were regulated, many campaigns against AIDS and plans of health was launched. interventions.
However, Rius did not complete the reform of primary care, promoting the privatization of Primary Care Centers (CAP), one of his greatest challenges in achieving the executive.
After being removed from the position of adviser, Eduard Rius was a deputy in the Parliament of CiU (1999-2003); director of the Trias Fragas Foundation (2003-2004), involved in Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC), and director general of Acciona Servicios Hospitalarios.
The president of the Col·legi de Metges de Barcelona, Jaume Padrós, assured in a message on Twitter/X that he was “touched” by the death of Rius. He emphasized that he was a “good person and friend.” He also noted that “he is an excellent counselor” and “very confident in the health system and the profession.”
For his part, the Minister of Health Manel Balcells also regretted the loss and recalled that Rius was the Minister 27 years ago, “when the foundations of the current health system of the country were laid.” “From here I would like to express my condolences to the family.”