Hos­pi­tals to close en­tire floors over sum­mer

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By Shel­ley Lid­dell PUB­LIC hos­pi­tals in Ali­cante province will be clos­ing com­plete floors dur­ing the sum­mer months. This cut­back on bed avail­abil­ity will oc­cur at a time when the province's pop­u­la­tion is vastly in­creased due to hol­i­day vis­i­tors.

It has been hap­pen­ing ev­ery year. The Va­len­cia So­cial­ist party used to com­plain bit­terly about the cuts when the Par­tido Pop­u­lar im­ple­mented them, but now the So­cial­ists are rul­ing re­gional govern­ment, they have done noth­ing to erad­i­cate the cuts.

Ali­cante Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal will make the most cuts, and will lose 129 beds in July and 149 in Au­gust. The main de­part­ments af­fected by less beds are di­ges­tive, neona­tal, trau­ma­tol­ogy and surgery.

This hos­pi­tal still has a com­plete floor with 30 beds closed, which is only ever re-opened when the hos­pi­tal has reached full ca­pac­ity.

The UGT union warns that whole sur­gi­cal pa­tient floors are be­ing closed, yet the op­er­at­ing the­atres will con­tinue to func­tion, mean­ing that other floors will be over­worked tak­ing in sur­gi­cal pa­tients.

The cause of the cuts has to do with spe­cial­ist doc­tors tak­ing their an­nual hol­i­days, and sub­sti­tutes are not be­ing taken on. This pro­duces a back­log of pa­tients wait­ing to be op­er­ated on.

A spokesman for the Comis- iones Obr­eras union said that there are now 10,000 pa­tients wait­ing to see a spe­cial­ist and an­other 5,000 wait­ing to be op­er­ated on.

San Juan Hos­pi­tal will lose the use of 36 beds dur­ing July, plus three in­ten­sive care beds, and then an ex­tra 24 beds in Au­gust.

Elche Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal will also have less beds. Half the fourth floor with 54 beds will be closed, and half (12) of those in the short-term stay sec­tion. Work will be car­ried out to mod­ernise the part of the fourth floor that is closed.

Vi­nalopó Hos­pi­tal will carry on as nor­mal.

Vil­la­joyosa's Ma­rina Baixa Hos­pi­tal will close a com­plete floor with 34 beds for the whole of the sum­mer.

Hos­pi­tal man­age­ment have said they will take ad­van­tage of the clo­sure to re­place pipes.

The unions warn that the loss of beds in this hos­pi­tal could prove chaotic, and that it is not the best time of year to be do­ing pipe re­place­ments.

In the rest of the province, Al­coy will lose 12 beds for the sum­mer, Elda will lose 30 in July and Au­gust and 35 in Septem­ber, and they also will be do­ing ren­o­va­tion work on the in­ter­nal medicine and pae­di­atric floors.

Ori­huela will only close 30 beds dur­ing Au­gust.

The to­tal loss of beds in the province comes to 2,800, at a time when many health cen­tres will only open un­til 15.00.

Med­i­cal work­ers are stag­ing a protest to­day, Fri­day, at 18.30 at Ali­cante’s Cam­poamor health cen­tre in Plaza Amer­ica.

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