Dutch public health con­fer­ence

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Re­cently, 150 pensioners took part in a “Na­tional Health Ser­vice Con­fer­ence for Dutch peo­ple” at La Nucía’s Au­di­tori de la Mediter­rà­nia.

The event was or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Dutch Em­bassy and La Nucía coun­cil.

The chair­man of the For­eign Dutch Pensioners As­so­ci­a­tion, as well as the em­bassy’s so­cial is­sues depart­ment, Dutch con­sul in Ali­cante Eric Durieux, and lo­cal for­eign res­i­dents coun­cil­lor Bart Gom­mans also at­tended the event.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence many topics con­cern­ing the Dutch pop­u­la­tion were ad­dressed, such as the Dutch NHS for ex­pats and fis­cal is­sues.

Many ques­tions were posed about the com­pat­i­bil­i­ties be­tween the Span­ish and Dutch health sys­tems.

Dutch res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter on the Padrón mu­nic­i­pal reg­is­ter, as a first step in ob­tain­ing ac­cess to public health in Spain. LA XARA'S long-awaited new pri­mary school is a step closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity, as­sures par­ish com­mit­tee leader Maite Pérez. The full plans should be on the ta­ble by Au­gust at the lat­est.

Once they are put into ac­tion, pupils will no longer have to take classes in por­tok­abins, suf­fer­ing freez­ing tem­per­a­tures in win­ter, sti­fling heat in sum­mer, or acous­tics giv­ing them headaches year-round.

Sra Pérez ad­mits if the ex­ist­ing school site had been re­de­ployed, the new one would be in use by now, but it turned out to be un­suit­able.

The al­ter­na­tive site is big enough to al­low for fu­ture ex­pan­sion if needed, and the old com­plex will be­come a com­mu­nity hall and sports grounds.

Ac­cord­ing to Sra Pérez, the brand-new centre will be in op­er­a­tion be­fore the next lo­cal elec­tions in May 2019 and the works may even start later this year.

La Xara pupils have been stuck in pre-fab class­rooms await­ing a new pri­mary school build­ing for so long that many young adults who have long since grad­u­ated from univer­sity re­mem­ber join­ing protests over the de­lays along­side their par­ents and teach­ers. By Jo Pugh THREE op­po­si­tion par­ties in Teu­lada-Mo­raira have chal­lenged town hall plans to pri­va­tise the ur­ban clean­ing and rub­bish col­lec­tion ser­vice.

RED, PSPV and Com­pro­mís have con­tested plans adopted by the Par­tido Pop­u­lar to end the agree­ment with the cur­rent clean­ing com­pany, Teumo Serveis Publics SL, as they con­sider the de­ci­sion is “lack­ing po­lit­i­cal, le­gal, eco­nomic and prac­ti­cal fun­da­men­tals”, and fur­ther­more, the PP has not given “a sin­gle rea­son­able ex­pla­na­tion” for the rea­son for the change.

The pri­vati­sa­tion was an­nounced last month by the Par­tido Pop­u­lar, with the ten­der avail­able for a 12-year con­tract, with the pos­si­bil­ity of an ex­ten­sion for two years.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Com­pro­mís pointed out that the an­nual cost of the con­tract would be €2.6 mil­lion plus IVA, which means that the pro­posed con­tract at to­tals at least €36.4m plus IVA over the 12 years.

He then stressed that the pro­posal sub­mit­ted for coun­cil ap­proval did not con­tain the nec­es­sary re­ports re­quired to pro­ceed with the pri­vati­sa­tion.

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