In a sectorial meeting held this Tuesday afternoon, the delegate for Health, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, held a meeting with professionals from the sector in Albox and within the framework of the electoral campaign.
The meeting, which was attended by the PP candidate for mayor María del Mar Alfonso, addressed current issues such as the lack of professionals, the appointment system and the contact between the Health Centre and the pharmacies, among others.
Belmonte referred to “the historical demand for the double medical team that has come to Albox thanks to the management of the Partido Popular, and which has made it possible for the Primary Care Emergency Service (SUAP) of the Health Centre to have the same, with continuous attention between 15.00 and 08.00 hours from Monday to Friday and 24 hours during weekends and holidays”. “A double team that saves lives”, stressed the head of health in the province.
The representative of the government of the Junta in the province, with figures in hand, denied that the health system is being dismantled. He highlighted the Andalusian government’s support for La Inmaculada Hospital, a reference point for the region, where there will be nine more specialists: “This is evidence of the effectiveness of the PP and the guarantee that we will gradually increase the number of professionals in both primary care and hospital”. “La Inmaculada will also have a new Nephrology building, not forgetting that in these four years we have managed to have MRI and CT scans. “And all this with the great boost that Juanma Moreno’s Government has given to healthcare in the province of Almeria, with an investment between 2019 and 2023 that is 170% more than what was budgeted between 2011 and 2018 and with 2,073 more professionals.” “In four years this government has injected 4,000 million euros in public investment.”
But what really caught the attention of those present, was the forcefulness of the Delegate, when he assured that “Albox does not have a new Health Centre, because the Town Hall has not offered land”, as municipalities such as Huércal Overa or Mojácar have done a short time ago. “We know the situation of the current Health Centre and 2.3 million euros are going to be invested in it. It is more expensive and uncomfortable for users and workers to fix it, when for four million we would have built a new one. The refurbishment work is scheduled to begin in September,” said Belmonte.
“We have been able to bring a second emergency team to Albox and we have managed to maintain the services,” in reference to the possible transfers that were feared to neighbouring health centres, such as Arboleas. “We are working to ensure that immediately the professionals have 10 minutes to attend to patients. Albox is a centre of reference and between the administrations we must work together and with institutional loyalty so that the municipality”.
It is possible that there is no public land available in Albox, as there is for other things. But neither has there been any progress in recent years in an urban development plan that would make it possible to have them. The remodelling of the current health centre is going to come up against another drawback, which is parking. “At present the Albox health centre is boxed in and alternatives will have to be found.
“In the last six years, the mayor of Albox has not called me for anything,” said the Delegate for Health. “I am aware of Juanma Moreno’s commitment to the people of Albox and that not only are we not going to lose any health services, but that we will continue to improve. “We are going to give our all in the present, with enthusiasm for the future in which I hope to work tirelessly for the people of Albox.