Health centre claims and counterclaims 

Health centre claims and counterclaims 

HEALTH CENTRE: No reduction in paediatricians  Photo credit: Google Earth 

THE opposition party on Altea council complained that the health centre now has only three paediatricians. 
Partido Popular spokeswoman Rocio Gomez revealed that “many parents” had complained about the paediatric service at the health centre in Altea’s Old Town. 
“At first they thought a doctor was off sick but it now looks as though they have removed one of Altea’s four paediatricians,” Gomez said. 
Antonio Santonja, coordinator of the Marina Baja Hospital’s Health Department rejected Gomez’s claims. 
Altea has the three paediatricians it has always had,” Santonja said.  “Furthermore, it is the only town in the area where the health centre has gained a family doctor and two nurses.”  
Health councillor Jose Luis Leon Gascon confirmed Santonja’s statement and declared that Altea’s Partido Popular “manipulated, jumbled topics and invented non-existent complaints.” 
Although Gomez insisted there were four paediatricians at the health centre when the Partido Popular controlled the town hall, Gascon replied that there have only ever been three full-time paediatricians with another part-time locum. 
The councillor also pointed out that there was no health centre in the Old town, only a surgery. 
Neither did the town hall have the power to install or remove health centre doctors.  “Only the regional Health department can do that,” Gascon said. 
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