Benitachell digs its heels in

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BENITACHELL: Town hall complained about inadequate health coverPhoto credit: Joanbanjo

BENITACHELL’s health centre now opens for three days a week following town hall complaints 

Before Covid-19 it was open for five days but this was then cut to two. 

Even three days aren’t enough,” municipal sources said, pointing out that the centre no longer has a paediatrician and parents must take children to neighbouring Teulada. 

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“Not only do we want a paediatrician back in Benitachell, we also want an increase in the days it opens, which were few enough before,” a town hall statement declared.   

Benitachell’s mayor Miguel Angel Garcia, Health councillor Isa Garrido and Teulada-Moraira mayor, Rosa Vila, recently spoke via video link to Antonio Barcelo, Marina Salud’s primary care director. 

Benitachell’s population increases during the summer, they explained, and many residents are elderly, needing extra care.  Telephone attention was also inadequate, they said. 


Marina Salud, the outsourced private company that provides Marina Alta’s health care, initially refused to make any changes but finally relented and added an extra day. 

The centre is now open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am until 3 pm. 


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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