Oliva get­ting sick of be­ing pa­tient with lack of prac­tice

Mayor David González snaps over elu­sive health cen­tre's 12-year 'wait­ing list' and gives re­gional health au­thor­ity a piece of his mind

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Sa­man­tha Kett OLIVA'S mayor has lost his pa­tience with re­gional health au­thor­i­ties' fail­ure to build a new GP prac­tice at the Pego end of town in 12 years.

David González (Com­pro­mís) has filed a for­mal com­plaint about Va­len­cia's in­ac­tion, de­spite the land hav­ing been made avail­able to them since 2005 and the ex­ist­ing surgery in no fit state to give pa­tients the best pos­si­ble ser­vice.

With just one toi­let, two GP's rooms and a nurse's sta­tion the size of a cup­board, one pae­di­a­tri­cian and lim­ited seat­ing, plus part of the cen­tre on the up­per floor with no lift to get to it, the clinic is full to burst­ing at key appointment times and strug­gling to cope.

Stand­ing-room only in the cor­ri­dors means staff have to squeeze past wait­ing pa­tients to get around.

The prac­tice is a smaller an­nexe serv­ing the south end of Oliva, since the main ful­lye­quipped two-storey health cen­tre serves the old town and the cen­tral part.

González re­proached re­gional min­is­ter Car­men Mon- tón for hav­ing let 11 months go by since a meet­ing with her depart­ment heads to sign off the project.

In that time, no ac­tion has been taken – even the plans have not been drawn up, de­spite €120,000 in the re­gional bud­get be­ing al­lo­cated to the new health cen­tre.

This was sup­posed to be built next year at a cost of €2.7 mil­lion, but with none of the pre­lim­i­nary steps taken, it looks very un­likely any­thing will hap­pen un­til at least 2019.

And 2019 will bring a fresh re­gional elec­tion – as well as an en­tire term of of­fice slip­ping past with­out a sin­gle step for­ward, if a dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment gets in, Oliva may not get its GP clinic at all.

“Hav­ing reached this stage, the re­gional health au­thor­i­ties' pro­ce­dures are of great con­cern and not in keep­ing with the in­sti­tu­tional loy­alty that should pre­vail and fa­cil­i­tate the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent lev­els of gov­ern­ment,” González wrote.

Other health ser­vice-re­lated works ap­plied for long af­ter 2005 have al­ready been given the green light, González laments – such as the de­mo­li­tion of Gan­dia's old hos­pi­tal, closed up since April 2015 and fac­ing the bull­dozer early next year.

Oliva's Sant Francesc health cen­tre

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