Complaints about failing health services on Costa Blanca

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FAILING CLAIMS: One of the Finestrat medical centres. Photo Credit: Ayuntamiento Finestrat

THE mayor of Finestrat, Juan Francisco Pérez, has spoken out about the lack of doctors in the town, and the many delays with the ambulance service.

With the arrival of the summer the mayor detailed the deficiencies of the service provided by the Ministry of Health in the town’s two medical centres, one in the Finestrat main town and the other located in the La Cala area.

Citing problems with sickness or holiday cover the mayor said: “if one of the two doctors are missing, the paediatrician or the primary care doctor, they are not replaced. It is this reason that makes me denounce once again the breaches of the Ministry of Health with healthcare to residents of Finestrat.”

Temporary measures had been put in place for such situations, however the mayor highlighted that the “provisional supply of a new primary care doctor had still not been confirmed as permanent, leaving at best the two doctors to care for over 5,000 residents and the vast number of tourist visiting the area.”

Juan Francisco Pérez also criticised the delays in transferring patients by ambulance to the hospital, with delays of 40 minutes being recorded.

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