MORE than 50 health professionals have staged a 15 minute protest outside the Torre del Mar Health Centre after the latest in a series of violent attacks against workers.
The delegate for the Andalusian Medical Union of Axarquia, Juan Carmona, has lamented the increase in attacks, “It is horrendous. This month alone there have been four aggressions, this latest attack towards a doctor in Torre del Mar has added to those of Carranque and the Clinical Hospital, as well as that of a few days ago in the Hospital de la Axarquía,”
Carmona is looking to bring areas in Axarquia such as Torre del Mar in line with standards set in practices in area like Seville, Castille and Leon.
The delegate is pressing to increase surveillance in health centres to help protect medical workers.
Another possible option is to suspend the attacker’s healthcare for a set period of time to allow them to understand the full repercussions of their actions.
Currently in Axarquia, proven assaults carried out towards doctors carry a €300 fine and six months in prison, but Carmona insists that it’s not enough.
The union is also concerned that it is a problem with a change in attitudes of the general public. “People believe they have the right to everything, to have their doctor prescribe whatever they want” he explained.