HEALTH care in Costa del Sol is to be given an injection of manpower and cash.
The Malaga region will benefit from the introduction of almost 300 medical professionals before the end of the year.
Of those, 100 will reinforce health care in Marbella alone, where 17 family doctors, 45 nurses, a paediatrician, a midwife, five therapists, and a social worker are being recruited.
In addition, six administrative assistants, four nursing assistants and five wardens are due to work before 2019.
Socialist councillor Jose Bernal, said the recruitment of additional staff represents a seven per cent increase on the current employee level in Malaga.
He pointed out that a further €5.6 million is being invested in a health centre at San Pedro Alcantara. Construction work is expected to start this month on the facility, which will offer 24 consultation rooms.
The troubled expansion project at Costa del Sol Regional Hospital, which has been delayed almost eight years due to judicial issues, will be salvaged with the help of €14 million from the Andalucian government.
And €300,000 has been put aside to remodel the emergency ward at Las Albarizas and buy new digital radio equipment for Leganitos health centre.