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
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