The Junta de Andalucía has surpassed itself this time – they’ve just opened a 21 million euro hospital that you can’t reach, because nobody has built the road there yet. Even better, it’s in the town of Lepe, whose inhabitants have a reputation for being the backwards red-neck hicks of Spain. *Here’s a Lepe joke: a man from Lepe left to go to Seville, but he came across a large sign saying HUELVA, so he Continue reading Inaccessible hospital opens in Huelva (and they can’t afford to equip new Vera medical wing)
The receptionist at the Turre medical centre is off for a couple of months, and so a substitute must be found. This happens to be the responsibility of the council. So Mayor Martin was somewhat surprised to discover – after a plenary meeting in which the subject wasn’t raised – that instead of normal procedures being followed, the name of the ex-Mayor of Turre Jose Navarro had been put forward as a “done deal”. In Continue reading Strange staffing at Turre medical centre
Mojacar townhall has said that the situation of “chaos” at the medical centre is unacceptable and is urging all unsatisfied patients to file a complaint at the desk there in order to force the health ministry to assign more doctors here. “There just aren’t enough doctors, nurses and staff for the busy summer season” lamented the townhall in a press release. “We need more staff to cope with the summer influx, and this year we Continue reading Mojacar decries chaos at medical centre
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
A medical helipad has opened in Tabernas, the eighth in the province. The idea behind these helipads is ambulances attending critical accidents can radio for a medical helicopter to transport the patient to the main hospital in Almeria, then meet the helicopter at the helipad and transfer the patient, saving at least a half hour vehicle trip to Almería. It cost €46.874 if you’re interested, and comes complete “with a wind sock for helicopter pilots Continue reading Tabernas gets medical helipad
It’s going to be more difficult to get residency and health care rights after the government announced plans to slash a billion euros off healthcare by stopping “health tourism”. Does health tourism actually exist? It seems it does, and many people accuse the Brits of wanting it. Anyway, the state will revise the rules giving out padrons and residencias, making it a lot more difficult for people to get one unless they have a valid Continue reading Foreigners go home – residency rules overhauled to stop you getting health access
It’s the elephant in the room, actually. With elections just around the corner, the PSOE hasn’t dared touch Spains health care – but everyone knows that whoever wins, come January, the Spanish health service is going to take a large hit. And it’s already happening, in quiet little corners of Spain, as the federal regions that politically can start to save cash where-ever they can. Griñán himself admitted this today, in an interview with Ideal, Continue reading So just wait awaits our health service?
The Ministry of Health has announced plans to build 15 new heliports across the province to expand it’s heli-ambulance service. Adra, Abla, Albox, Berja, Carboneras, María, Laujar de Andarax, Ohanes, Pulpí, Serón, Tabernas & Vera will all get new helipads. The idea behind them is to expand coverage, allowing serious patients to be taken to local medical centres before being airlifted to regional hospitals. Seems there are five medical helicopters in this region, which are Continue reading 15 new medical heliports to be built across the province