Closure of first floor wing at Elche Hospital denounced

THE closure a first floor wing at Elche General Hospital has been denounced by the Junta de Personal, a committee that represents staff a the medical facility.

These 26 beds were ‘temporarily’ closed before the summer due to the reduction in users in the summer months. It is becoming evident that the wing may not be put back into operation, they said.

“We will not accept restrictive measures that threaten the public’s health services,” said personnel board representatives, as reported in Spanish newspaper Diario Informacion.

Such cuts will only serve to “deteriorate” the hospital rather than “improve its services and turn it into a major hospital in the south of the Alicante Province.”

They fear that “the closure of the 26 hospital beds is just the beginning of a policy of cuts in health services”, which they find “totally unacceptable”.

Such cuts only serve to “deteriorate the level of healthcare” when they should be “improving the quality of services and turning it into a major hospital in the southern part of the Alicante Province”.

They fear that the “closure of these 26 hospital beds is just the beginning of health care cuts”, which they find “totally unacceptable”. “To date we have received no explanations justifying these measures and we will always defend the rights not only of the employees, but also the quality of health care services.”

A meeting between the personnel board and hospital chief on Monday was ‘postponed’ at the last minute. “We were told that he has gone to Valencia and employees are concerned at what this means,” said Francisco Carrasco, president of the Junta de Personal at Elche Hospital.

If the hospital continues to “close wings or services in the centre, then we will start an employee protest.” During the summer the eight floor was also affected by reduced services and staff.

By Nicole Hallett

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