HOSPITALS and health centres in the province of Alicante will have €18.5 million of improvements next year, it has been announced by the Regional Minister of Health, Ana Barceló.
Of this, €1,859,000 will be used to build new clinics, €3,670,000 for the reform of health centres and €13 million for renovating hospitals.
Improvements to the casualty department at Alicante’s General Hospital and the remodelling of the operating rooms at Elche General hospital take a good part of this budget, specifically €2.5 million and €2.4 million.
In the case of the casualty department at Alicante, the works began in October and their execution will be extended for another 29 months.
Work at Elche’s hospital will be put out to tender in early 2020 with a planned timetable of 30 months.
Other pending projects are the reform and expansion of the Hospital de la Marina Baixa, with a budget for 2020 of €1.7 million. Barcelo said that the works will be tendered before the summer.
The Sant Joan Hospital also takes a large part of the budget in three major projects, which have been pending implementation for years.
Some €1.5 million has been set aside for the expansion of the emergency and day hospital.
Another €1.1 million has been budgeted for improvements to the specialities centre in calle Gerona and €1.2 million will be spent on the expansion of the Sant Joan health centre, where work has already started.
In Alcoy €1.3 million will be spent, with most of it going towards the reformation of the paediatrics area of the hospital.
The Regional Minister also announced the expansion of the Specialised Ambulatory Comprehensive Unit of the Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela, with a budget of €1,210,000.
In the health department of Elda, one of the important projects is the Virgen de la Cabeza health centre, with a planned investment of €600,000 and a forecast of a mid-year start for the bidding process.
Among the future projects of the Ministry of Health is a long list of health centres pending construction on plots to be given by local councils. These include the towns of Castalla, Condomina and Pau II, in Alicante, Altabix in Elche, Redován and Algorfa. In the case of Alicante, the Councillor for Urban Planning has accused the Regional Ministry of Health of delaying the process by asking for more and more documentation.