Friday 8th October 2021 – XÀBIA AL DÍA with Mike Smith
The spokesman for Ciudadanos Xàbia, Enrique Escrivá, has requested that the Auxiliary Health Clinic in the Arenal, which opens during holiday season, both Easter and during the summer months, be open permanently to attend not only to tourists “but also to the residents who reside there throughout the year”.
Escrivá moved this petition during the debate on the motion presented by the PSPV, Compromís and Ciudadanos por Jávea on the sale of shares in the company Marina Salud, a motion in which the Ciudadanos abstained.
Through a statement in which he summarizes his request made in the plenary session held on Monday, Escrivá explained decision to abstain and commented that, apart from the internal operations in the company, “it is quite contradictory that, for example, it is now that the PSPV realizes that the specifications of the concession are not being complied with, especially when they have been in charge of regional health for five years”.
He added that if they (the PSPV and Compromís) have now “become aware of the breaches, it will be necessary to focus and ask what about the role of the Commissioner of the Department of Health, whose function should be to supervise and monitor any breach of the contract and act accordingly”. Escrivá not only commented on the demands of the staff regarding their working conditions, but also that the share purchase and sale operation does not imply a decrease in the quality of care provided to the residents of the Marina Alta.
In his statement, the Ciudadanos representative explained that the Arenal Health Clinic costs more than 50,000 euros and is “closed 200 days a year” and urged that the local government ask the regional health ministry to allow the health centre to be open 365 days of the year. In this sense, he recalled that, in the electoral campaign, the socialists promised to pursue this, but nothing is yet known about whether they have done so or not.
In addition, Escrivá raised another demand from local residents and that is that the portfolio of services that are currently provided in the town’s health centre be increased and that the health centre in the port zone “recovers normality and can even open in the afternoons” for which, in his opinion, “all the residents of Xàbia will be grateful.”