Costa del Sol News: Emergency €800 million needed for Malaga hospitals

STILL PENDING: The Hospital in Estepona is still being worked on

DOCTORS are demanding an extraordinary injection of funds for public health in Malaga. Doctors’ Unions have argued that the health system in Malaga needs to be rescued by the government. The College of Physicians have also stated that the Spanish Ministry of Health should prioritise the province in its budget.

The president of Malaga’s Medical Union, Antonio Martín, has warned that the economic rescue is necessary due to the ‘atrocious’ deficit of resources, both in infrastructure and equipment. He assures that the problem is chronic and has been dragged along for almost 10 or 12 years. Martín estimated that an additional €800 million could need to be invested over the course of two years, without including the funds needed for Malaga city’s third hospital project.

Following the change of Andalucia’s government, Martin insists that their commitments with the health system are advancing too slowly. As an example of the shortcomings, he blames the lack of investment over the last decade. He pointed out the Estepona hospital must be opened in 2020. The Ministry of Health has promised to open the hospital, but insists that some adaptations are being made to the building that was built by the Town Hall.