The territorial delegate for Equality, Social Policies and Reconciliation in Almeria, Rafael Pasamontes, explained that the ratio of the centres run by the Junta de Andalucía is higher than what is required by the regulations and that of some private centres. “Both our children in the protection centres and the elderly in the residences are well cared for, as the ratio of professionals is above what is required by the regulations and the ratio of many private centres, so it is not true that there is a poor quality in the public service, but quite the opposite. Our children and adults could not be in better hands,” said Pasamontes.
With respect to the centres for minors, the ratio of direct care required of Centres with an Immediate Care Programme is 0.53 for 35 places and 0.66 for 18 places. This means 18.5 and 12 educational staff respectively. In the case of the CAI Piedras Redondas, the centre has a maximum capacity of 18 places and has 18 professionals, six more than the number required of the subsidised centres, so the ratio is 1.00 for its maximum capacity; however, the current occupancy is 8 minors, which means a ratio of 2.75. The other centre for minors in the province, the CAI Indalo, has a capacity for 35 minors and 34 professionals, with a ratio of 0.97 and 16 professionals more than what is required of this type of centre. At present there are 28 minors in the centre, bringing the ratio to 1.28. “These ratios are much higher than what is required for subsidised centres and much higher than the 0.30 and 0.50 ratios established by the regulations if there is care for newborns”, explained Pasamontes.
As for the El Zapillo nursing home, it currently has 90 users and a total number of workers of 125, much higher than the number of staff required for that number of places (45.1). What is more, at present, these elderly people have 12 nurses and 38 health assistants, when the ratio established by regulations for these places is 4 nurses and 27 health assistants. “We don’t understand the reason for talking about a lack of staff when, looking at these figures, it is clear that the centres have more staff than is required by regulations for these centres and with this number of users”, lamented Pasamontes.
Since the beginning of the current legislature, the Andalusian government has carried out numerous measures in the field of social services, thus improving the lives of the groups that need it most in the Andalusian autonomous community. In addition, the territorial delegate does not understand the Company Committee’s statements. “In recent weeks we have met with them on several occasions to hear their demands and try to find a solution, even meeting with the delegate of Health and the delegate of the Government. These meetings seemed to be on the right track, but we were surprised by these demonstrations, which were called and carried out without even giving the administrations time to get down to work to try to meet some of the demands presented”, concluded Pasamontes.