Friday, 1 March 2013

Military hospital has 400 employees for an average 2.5 patients daily

A vast empty property
SAN FERNANDO The Ministry of Defense has admitted the proportion of patients to staff is unsustainable. The Hospital Básico de la Defensa-San Carlos, located on La Isla, cost over €25million in 2012. Medical staff at the hospital is principally military - 46 physicians, eight nurses, four pharmacists and two psychologists - but personnel consists of another 351 workers. Occupation is just 0.49% of capacity. These are the official figures from Defence. The fact is that the ministry has little interest in keeping the hospital going any longer, so it is likely to close soon,>>>
if it hasn't already done so by the time you read this article. However, a statement made at the beginning of February, said that 'closure has not yet been studied.' Closing it, though, would cause considerable unemployment in their area, according to public opinion (one has to wonder what they do all day, or are they largely working elsewhere 'on the black' while getting a salary from Defence?) In the meantime the ministry has offered this unsustainable facility to the Junta de Andalucía's Health Department at no cost, but the Junta says it can't take it on in present financial circumstances, and, in any case, San Fernando doesn't need its own hospital, according to the Junta's Councillor for Health, María Jesús Montero.

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