AIDS infection up

A person catches HIV every five days in Almería province. The provincial health service said that 74 people caught the disease last year, of which 59 were men. Sexual acts caused 79 per cent of the transmissions, but sharing of drug paraphernalia was at an all time low, causing just 3 per cent of transmissions. Almería has one of Spain’s highest infection rates, at 10.5 cases for every 100,000 people. The national rate is just Continue reading AIDS infection up

Brexit: Valencia promises health care to Brits, come what may

President Puig of Valencia announced today that he would guarantee health care to British residents in the region after Brexit. He said: “I want to send a message of absolute affection to the whole British community who lives amongst us, and guarantee them that there will be no interruption in fundamental public services, that health care is guaranteed to anyone who lives in our region”.   The message of “affection, love and security to our Continue reading Brexit: Valencia promises health care to Brits, come what may

Bedless hospital patients ‘hidden’ from view of health minister

Union CSIF has claimed that nurses in the main provincial hospital “Torrecardenas” were ordered last week to “hide” emergency patients who had been left on wheeled beds in corridors ahead of the visit of regional health minister Aquilino Alonso. The complaint says that “the sub-director of the hospital, together with the head of the Emergency department ordered staff to wheel at least seven patients for whom no beds were available into a storeroom away from Continue reading Bedless hospital patients ‘hidden’ from view of health minister

Bedless hospital patients ‘hidden’ from view of health minister

Union CSIF has claimed that nurses in the main provincial hospital “Torrecardenas” were ordered last week to “hide” emergency patients who had been left on wheeled beds in corridors ahead of the visit of regional health minister Aquilino Alonso. The complaint says that “the sub-director of the hospital, together with the head of the Emergency department ordered staff to wheel at least seven patients for whom no beds were available into a storeroom away from Continue reading Bedless hospital patients ‘hidden’ from view of health minister

Mojacar health cutback chaos argument

Townhall and health ministry at loggerheads over complaints. Just hours after Mojacar townhall denounced a situation of “chaos” at the beachside medical centre, the health ministry hit back saying the claims “are nonsense”. “The Mojacar health clinic is in a situation of chaos, as there are insufficient staff to cover the needs of both A&E and normal primary care. The number of complaints at the front desk increase daily” said a vitriolic statement from councillor Continue reading Mojacar health cutback chaos argument

Andaluz Health Service looks for doctors with “reduced mental capacity”

The Junta de Andalucia has published an advert for 330 new doctors in Andalusia. Of these 330, 17 of them are reserved for people with a handicap of 33% or more. In essence, they are applying for doctors who have a recognised mental handicap such as autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The move has been met with ridicule by doctor and nurses unions, who point out that the complicated examinations required to become a doctor usually Continue reading Andaluz Health Service looks for doctors with “reduced mental capacity”

Minister of Health quits over corruption charges

The national Minister for Health, Social Services and Equility, Ana Mato, has quit tonight after a senior judge accused her of “lining her pockets” together with her husband, who has been charged in the gürtel corruption case. Ana Mato said that she was resigning from government in order to not bring into disrepute her government and her party. Her resignation came just four hours after she told journalists that she had “no intention” of resigning, Continue reading Minister of Health quits over corruption charges

Spain facing malaria risk in the near future

A changing climate and invasion of stronger types of African mosquitoes means that malaria could return to Spain within the next decade, says the National Health Ministry, which is evaluating the risk of the plague carrying mosquito returning for good to Spain. Spain sees a couple of hundred malaria cases a year, but almost all of them are contracted abroad and break out upon the tourists return to Spain. Malaria was officially eradicated in Spain Continue reading Spain facing malaria risk in the near future

Unemployed who spend 90 days abroad to lose health rights

A change to the health law bought in over Christmas states that the unemployed who spend 90 days abroad over the course of a year will lose their health rights. Now, nobody is quite sure where we’re going with this because: a)how the devil do you know if someone has spent 90 days out of the country when there are no border controls; b)all nationals and people with legal residency rights (currently) have the right Continue reading Unemployed who spend 90 days abroad to lose health rights