Thousands take to the streets of Malaga city in protest against health care privatisation

Thousands take to the streets of Malaga city in protest against health care privatisation

Malaga protest, "Public health is in your hands". Credit, Lynda Woodin

‘Public health is in your hands’ this is the message as health services are becoming less accessible to the residents of Andalucia, writes Malaga Hoy

Malaga was the centre of a huge demonstration this morning Saturday March 25 as thousands took to the streets in defence of public health.

The worrying trend of health services being privatised has created a backlash led by the Marea Blanca (White Tide, a movement that opposes the privatisation of hospitals and community health centres). The strength of feeling has made many take to the streets and protest.

Today saw political parties, unions, social organisations, and student platforms unite to make their point in a powerful demonstration, something that was repeated in all eight Andalusian capitals.  

Protesters have demanded that improvements are made to the system, and have commented that the current situation is bad news for health professionals and patients alike.

“More money is invested, but the investment does not solve the problems of the system. We must not allow the system to be ineffective with what is invested”, says Marta García, a family doctor from Granada.

Sebastián Martín Recio, one of the spokespersons for Mareas Blancas, emphasizes the “growing indignation”, among citizens.

“In humble areas, we are fed up . . . many mothers have to travel by bus with their children,” says one of their spokespersons, who also complains of ” the delay in appointments, of 6 and 7 days, which causes the collapse of the emergencies.”

Marea Blanca’s Martín Recio. goes further. “We are going to take legal action before the contentious-administrative proceedings to have that order annulled.”

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John Ensor

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