By Euro Weekly News Media • 23 June 2015 • 10:25
POLITICAL representatives of all ideologies in the Guadalhorce Valley have joined forces to speak out over the lack of ambulances to cover the area, which is causing a crisis in the area.They have described situations involving a patient in Alhaurin de la Torre who died after waiting 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, and a small girl, who lost a significant amount of blood after waiting for one hour in Alhaurin el Grande, according to the mayors of both towns.Representatives of all political forces in the 13 municipalities (Alora, Ardales, Pizarra, Coin, Cartama, Guaro, Monda, Tolox, Yunquera and the two mentioned above) have condemned how stretched the emergency service’s resources are.In the Guadalhorce region, there are seven ambulances for 110,000 registered residents, a figure that fluctuates depending on the visitors to the King’s Walkway (Caminito del Rey), according to the Ardales and Alora mayors. The latter, Jose Sanchez, blamed the heat wave in May for pushing the ambulance service to the limit, saying: “We are in an extreme situation.”Sources at the Health Department of Guadalhorce said to La Opinion de Malaga daily that there was no such thing as saturation and that the number of ambulances was enough for the region.
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