Pedreguer surgery 'fails basic standards'
By Samantha Kett THE REGIONAL health authorities' latest clinic inspection in the Marina Alta was on Friday in Pedreguer – a town which has been campaigning for a new surgery for years, to no avail.
The private company which manages the district health service, Marina Salud, is contractually bound to build a bigger and better clinic in Pedreguer and additional practices in Dénia and Calpe, but has failed to do so in the nine years it has been in charge.
This and other complaints from patients and professionals has led to a series of unannounced visits to medical centres across the Marina Alta, and lead inspector Isabel González has taken away a long list of requests from each one so far.
Pedreguer council once again asked about its new practice on Fri- day, and showed Sra González exactly why this is necessary.
No lifts to GPs' rooms on the second floor means elderly and disabled patients cannot reach them, and the leaking roof and damp throughout are a health and structural risk.
González says the surgery ' does not meet basic standards required'.
The defects were logged and costed out by Marina Salud two years ago, but no action was taken.
Mayor Sergi Ferrús was assured the problems would be fixed even before a new centre is built, and the existing clinic would later become a local practice for those living nearby and for specific vaccination and paediatric programmes.
Ferrús also asked for night porters to help ambulance staff move patients into the centre out of hours.
A proposed model for a new health centre in Pedreguer