By Matthew Roscoe • 01 December 2020 • 11:13
THE President of Madrid, Díaz Ayuso, inaugurates the controversial Isabel Zendal Emergency Hospital on Tuesday, December 1, the first centre for permanent pandemic emergencies.
The emergency €100 million hospital has been the target of criticism from leftist parties and unions with many political leaders declining the invitation of the regional government to attend its opening.
Many unions say there is currently a lack of healthcare workers which is raising questions about how it will be staffed, however, a statement from the Madrid region “The hiring will start gradually according to healthcare needs,” without further elaboration.
The pandemic hospital has been built with the main objective to decongest the rest of the centres in the region and will eventually have a capacity of 1,056 beds, including 48 intensive care beds so that they can resume their normal non-covid activity.
In a first step, a wing with 240 beds, including an intensive care unit, will open. That wing will require 669 staff including nurses, doctors and technicians, the regional authority said.
Vox attended the inauguration of the Isabel Zendal Emergency Hospital, with the leader of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, and the mayor of Madrid and national spokesperson for the party, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, also attending.
The Madrid Nursing Association (AME), Juntas por la Pública, Summat and the Union Movement Assembly of Workers and Health Workers (MATS) called a rally at the doors of the Zendal hospital to say “Enough already!”.
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