THE Health Centre in La Cala del Moral has been finished since May 2010, but remains closed.
The health centre, which cost €3m, was created to relieve the situation at the overcrowded centre in Rincon de la Victoria, as well as providing service for residents in Torre de Benagalbon, where another health centre is also planned.
Residents in the area have complained about the delay, which has once again put the local Partido Popular Government at odds with the Junta de Andalucia, currently ruled by the socialist PSOE party. Each one blames the other for the delay, as the Junta claims they are waiting for the town hall to hand in paperwork to the Industry Delegation to get the electricity connected.
Meanwhile, the local mayor, Francisco Salado, blamed the Junta and the former PSOE council for having “spent a year doing nothing about opening it”. He added “it wasn’t until we got into power that we began to sort out the situation, but I must ask the Health Delegation to stop asking us for ‘bits of paper’ all the time, because it was back in March that they asked the town hall to separate the meters for each floor”.
Some €190,000 has been used to equip the health centre, which the mayor said he hopes will be open before the end of the year, as well as the other one in Torre de Benagalbon which is currently being completed at a cost of €600,000.
Left-wing Izquierda Unida spokesman, Pedro Fernandez Ibar, also demanded that the centre open immediately and pointed out that it should have an emergency department.