Not enough doctors at new La Cala del Moral health centre

THE health centre in La Cala del Moral, which was completed in 2010 and opened last month, continues to be understaffed.

This is according to the unions representing health care staff in Malaga, at least four more doctors are needed to cover the number of patients assigned to the health centre.

In the area of Rincon de la Victoria, which includes Macharaviaya and Moclinejo, there are 40,000 patients.

With just 20 doctors available, that is more than 2,000 patients per doctor, when Andalucian law stipulates there should be 1,500 patients per doctor at the very most.

Staff say that due to the upcoming regional elections, they do not hold much hope for more doctors being hired in the coming months.

The Head of Malaga Health District, Maximilian Vilaseca, said when he visited the new health centre just a week before it was officially opened, that his intention was to hire more doctors but that it would be done “in the coming months” after patients had decided which health centre they were going to use, the one in Rincon de la Victoria or the new one, and the final numbers were clear.

Meanwhile, patients attending the new health centre are happy with its size and modern facilities, but complain at the lack of doctors, which they say means consultations are extremely short and delays to get an appointment too long.

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