What sav­ing?

Re­gional govern­ment hits out at re­port on Torrevieja health depart­ment

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By Dave Jones A RE­PORT which claims the man­age­ment of Torrevieja health depart­ment by a pri­vate com­pany saves the pub­lic purse €45 mil­lion a year has been rub­bished by the re­gional govern­ment.

Health depart­ment di­rec­tor gen­eral for ef­fi­ciency in Va­len­cia, Carmelina Pla stated this week that the as­sess­ment car­ried out by the re­gional au­dit of­fice had failed to take into ac­count im­por­tant as­pects of the man­age­ment process.

The coali­tion of So­cial­ists (PSOE) and Com­pro­mís that runs the Va­len­cia re­gion has po­si­tioned it­self firmly against the pol­icy of the for­mer Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP) ex­ec­u­tive which sought to ‘pri­va­tise’ health by bring­ing in com­pa­nies to run de­part­ments, such as the one in Torrevieja op­er­ated by Grupo Rib­era Salud. Since com­ing to power in 2015 the coali­tion has moved to bring th­ese health ar­eas back un­der di­rect pub­lic con­trol by re­scind­ing con­tracts to the com­pa­nies

Sra Pla noted that the au­dit of­fice had not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the fact that they were deal­ing with a pri­vate com­pany in Torrevieja.

She ar­gued that any as­sess­ment of the ‘value’ of hav­ing the health area run by a pri­vate com­pany should not be based on the con­tract drawn up by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment.

“The eco­nomic im­pact of their man­age­ment for the health depart­ment can­not be the only test used to value the ser­vice they pro­vide, or to main­tain this man­age­ment model,” she added.

Sra Pla also crit­i­cised that the au­dit of­fice had failed to prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate the terms of the con­tract and whether it had led to more ef­fi­ciency, or was in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

How­ever, she noted that au­di­tors had crit­i­cised the for­mer PP govern­ment for fail­ing to carry out any checks on the pri­vate man­age­ment of health de­part­ments, which al­lowed for a free-forall. She said that de­fi­cien­cies in the con­tracts which did not take into ac­count ad­di­tional costs of the ser­vice had been just one of the rea­sons which proved that this form of pri­vate man­age­ment ‘has run its course’.

“It re­in­forces our idea that qual­ity health­care can only be of­fered via the pub­lic sec­tor,” she stated. Three Na­tional Po­lice of­fi­cers from Carta­gena mirac­u­lously saved the life of two-year-old baby girl Is­abel last Thurs­day. The of­fi­cers were at the mother’s apart­ment to talk to her about a re­port of al­leged do­mes­tic abuse, when lit­tle Is­abel sud­denly went into spasms in her cra­dle and stopped breath­ing. One of the of­fi­cers per­formed a ba­sic re­sus­ci­ta­tion tech­nique, then they rushed her to a nearby health cen­tre which has an A&E unit. “We didn’t how long it would take the am­bu­lance to ar­rive and we could not wait,” one of the of­fi­cers said. The child was sta­bilised and taken to Santa Lucía hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance for tests. Is­abel’s mother vis­ited the na­tional po­lice sta­tion with her lit­tle daugh­ter to thank her ‘three heroes’ and handed over a thank you let­ter. She said the doc­tors had said her daugh­ter sur­vived with­out brain in­jury thanks to the quick ac­tion of the of­fi­cers. “My daugh­ter owes her life to you,” she wrote.

Are the days num­bered for Rib­era Salud at Torrevieja hos­pi­tal?

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