Torrevieja hospital in crisis as situation described as “chaotic” and “catastrophic”

Torrevieja hospital in crisis as situation described as
Torrevieja hospital in crisis as situation described as "chaotic" and "catastrophic".

Torrevieja hospital in crisis as situation described as “chaotic” and “catastrophic”.

TORREVIEJA hospital is said to be in crisis and in a situation that can best be described as “chaotic” and “catastrophic” after it was revealed that at 8 am on Thursday, December 2, a single doctor was reportedly dealing with dozens of emergencies on his own – with patients even pitching in to try to help him, according to OK Diario.

Today (December 2), there were still 31 patients pending admission, another 39 patients to be seen with average waiting times ranging between 16 and 24 hours. The hospital has 31 patients under observation and is without available beds to be able to make admissions.


In response, the head of the hospital and the supervisor in charge of the service sent emails to warn authorities that the situation was “catastrophic”. They also called for help from the Guardia Civil as a preventive measure because of the chaotic situation the hospital is in.

Yesterday (December 1), hospital management contacted the coordinator of the CICU in Alicante to ask him to divert all bordering ambulances due to the “collapse” of the hospital. However, the CICU was unable to help.

As a result of the poor situation the hospital has found itself in, the Works Committee of the Torrevieja Hospital Department called a press conference on Thursday, December 2 to explain the “extraordinary seriousness” the centre was in as a consequence of “poor management”.

Since the Valencian public health system took over the management on October 15, nearly 15 medical professionals have left and the hospital is reportedly running on just 20 left, both have departed from the Emergency Department and Primary Care, according to Alicante Plaza.

The Works Committee has called for the resignation of the Hospital manager, Pilar Santos, and the medical directors, who in turn have accused the doctors of launching a “covert strike” to torpedo the management.

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