MORE THAN 4,000 people have signed a petition requesting a 24 hour emergency service in La Cala de Mijas.
A local residents’ association has claimed the current facilities at the town’s health centre are insufficient to deal with the influx of tourists and visitors during the summer season.
President of La Cala de Mijas Residents’ Association, Francisco Sepulveda, explained the centre is only open between 9am and 2.30pm, telling one publication, “we do not want more deaths in our town and nearby urbanisations because of a lack of medical assistance.”
He added, “we are going to go through all the ordinary procedures to achieve this priority, in order to protect the most important heritage we have, our lives and our health…” claiming this is not protected “when people in emergency situations at maximum risk (go to a) huge and magnificent health centre dedicated only to administrative tasks and consultations arranged during part-time hours and lacking help on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.”
Mr Sepulveda claimed the problem was “only of a budgetary nature,” claiming, “the council has sufficient financial support to carry this out, so we are asking again for them to please provide our people with a 24-hour medical emergency service, which covers La Cala and urbanisations, and at the same time relieve the outpatient clinic in Las Lagunas, which according to statistics, is one of the most saturated in Andalucia.”