45% of all Andalucian medical centres will close in the afternoon this summer

The Andalucian health service (SAS) has announced that it will close around 45% of all medical centres in Andalucia in the afternoons this summer. The move will save Andalucia around 6,4 million euros in salaries, but will allow the SAS to concentrate resources on coastal medical centres to deal with the influx of tourists. The idea is to close medical centres during quiet periods in the inland towns (between 2pm and 8pm) and reinforce services Continue reading 45% of all Andalucian medical centres will close in the afternoon this summer

First casualty of the cutbacks – Balearic Isles will close two hospitals, fire staff

The region of the Balearic Isles has announced that due to cutbacks, it will have to close two hospitals: the Hospital General and the Hospital Juan March. This in an effort to save some 350 million euros a year. A further 74 million euros will be cut off the general budgets of education and health, and civil servents in the region are now expected to work 37.5 hours a week, up from the current 35 Continue reading First casualty of the cutbacks – Balearic Isles will close two hospitals, fire staff

What is Spectrum FM on about? Free taxis to hospital, indeed…

Whilst traveling in someone’s car who had the radio tuned to Spectrum FM, I heard the following snippet of wisdom which went something like this: Spectrum FM top tip: Taxis are obliged to take emergency cases to hospital for free. Whaaaaaat? No they’re not. Leaving the obvious fact that who is to decide which is an “emergency case” and which is just a standard paid-for trip to the hospital (do you have to submit your Continue reading What is Spectrum FM on about? Free taxis to hospital, indeed…

No new hospital for Albox

The hopes of Albox for having its new hospital built seem further away than ever. The hospital, announced in 2007, is still in the “preliminary planning” stages, and the Junta de Andalucia has now confirmed that not  even the exact location is confirmed, and that the project is not a priority for the Junta. It will be allowing other local towns to put forwards planning applications for the county hospital in order to judge the Continue reading No new hospital for Albox

Daily Mirror votes Huercal Overa hospital “second best in Spain”

No, I haven’t started reading the Daily Mirror, it was in La Voz de Almería. I can’t find the article quoted on the Daily Mirror website, but it seems that in a recent survey “La Inmaculada” hospital in Huercal Overa was voted second only to the University Hospital in Alicante for quality of treatment and patient care.

Doctors let paranoid man go – hours later, he kills in El Ejido

Rather a shocking story from the Poniente Hospital de Almeria– it seems that a group of “subsaharians” brought in a friend who seemed to be suffering from convulsions and hallucinations, a 25 year old man with initials K.K. It seems that over the last few days his behaviour had been going downhill, having got into several fights, until he reached a point where he was forcibly taken to hospital by his friends concerned at his Continue reading Doctors let paranoid man go – hours later, he kills in El Ejido

Fat Fellow thrown off operating table because he smokes

Alejandro Miguel Asensio Ruiz, a 33 year old plasterer from Almería, was actually on the operating table at a Granada hospital, about to start the second operation of his gastric band reduction, when the surgeon smelt cigarrette smoke on his breath and cancelled the operation. Alejandro had been waiting 6 years for this operation, after the first operation fitted a gastric band that helped him loose over 100 kilos. However, the second operation was to Continue reading Fat Fellow thrown off operating table because he smokes