By John Smith •
Published: 25 Aug 2020 • 15:57
Formally handing over the hospital
Credit: Estepona Council
AFTER our report in last week’s newspaper (edition 1833) concerning a petition circulating in Estepona bemoaning the delay in opening the new hospital something positive has now occurred.
Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, and the President of the Junta de Andalucia Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla met at the hospital site to hold a ceremony to hand over the Hospital de Estepona building to the Andalucian Government.
The mayor declared that this was a moment of “great relevance and importance” for the town which had paid €16 million to build the facility.
Whilst the municipality paid for the building, the cost of equipping, staffing and maintenance was now for the account of the Junta which has committed to have everything in place to allow for the opening of the hospital within six months.
It has taken 10 years for this dream to be realised and shortly the hospital will be able to provide health services to some 100,000 people and will relieve some of the strain from the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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