GPs in Spain's Valencia warn health centres are not ready for a Covid-19 flare-up

Almost 60% of Spaniards fear they might die of Covid-19

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GPs in Spain’s Valencia warn health centres are not ready for a Covid-19 flare-up.

THE Forum of Primary Care Doctors of the Valencian Community (Fomap-CV) surveyed 611 family doctors and pediatrics, and found that 67 per cent believe their clinic “is not prepared for a Covid-19 outbreak.”
Meanwhile, 86 per cent claim they have not received the “technological resources” promised by the Conselleria de Sanidad to carry out telematic consultations after the health crisis.
Spokeswoman and president of the Valencian Society for Family and Community Medicine (Sovamfyc), María Ángeles Medina, said the results reflect the “disappointment and lack of confidence” of doctors.
In addition, a third of the doctors surveyed said they have never been given a written protocol regarding de-escalation in Primary Care, with 38 per per cent saying they have, although not from the beginning of the pandemic.
Only 17 per cent said they have a “clear and concise” protocol.
When asked if they have had sufficient and adequate protection material to deal with the pandemic, 72 per cent replied “currently” and 18 per cent said they have “never” had enough.
With regard to staff reinforcements, 44 per cent of doctors questioned say “no one has been hired at their centre.”

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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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