Health professionals laid off

Health professionals laid off
VILLAJOYOSA HOSPITAL: Temporary staff not renewed as Covid situation improves Photo credit: Linda Hall

THE Marina Baja Health Area will lose approximately 30 per cent of the extra medical staff taken on during the pandemic.

A total of 9,300 health professionals were taken on when the Covid crisis was at its worst, with 3,309 assigned to Alicante province. Now that the situation has begun to ease and as their contracts come to an end, the regional government’s Health department announced that not all contracts would be renewed.

Of the 350 who were assigned to the Marina Baja Health area, 104 – practically 30 per cent – will be leaving, announced the Personnel Committee which had believed the contracts would be extended by six months.


The cuts will principally affect the Marina Baja hospital in Villajoyosa, sources told the Alicante province media.

The area’s primary health care centres will hardly be affected as most of their temporary staff will be retained to ensure that the rhythm of anti-covid vaccinations is not affected.

Nevertheless, the Generalitat Ximo Puig announced shortly afterwards that “the immense majority will be taken on again” throughout the Valencia region to ensure attention in tourist zones and cover staff holidays.

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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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