Pe­dreguer surgery 'fails ba­sic stan­dards'

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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

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