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“Deficiencies” for patients and staff at University Hospital must be rectified 

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La Laguna council has put its weight behind calls for better services and equipment at the University Hospital of the Canaries.

An urgent plea has been forwarded to the Canary Government demanding “a solution to the multiple deficiencies and personnel” at the HUC.

The call was made during the council’s most recent plenary session and received support from both the govern-ment team and all the parties in the opposition.

First deputy Mayor Mónica Martín said they were able to agree on a document with a list of demands personally collected in collaboration with staff at the main hospital centre of the municipality and their union representatives.

Mónica Martín said she valued this “high level of consensus and support” for the call whose objective was “to enable the strategic and historical needs of the HUC to be met once and for all.”

These demands range from deficits in equipment – anes-thesia machines, ultrasound scanners, electro-scalpels, stopwatches, surgical motors, surgical instrument boxes, radiology surgical arch and so on – to the debt of around of 70,000 hours per year that the Ministry of Health has with the workers of the hospital.

The first deputy Mayor also pointed out that, at the personnel level, other relevant issues are also pending, such as the ratification of the collective agreement or the consolidation of 569 posts both in the HUC organisational staff and in the budgets of the Ministry of Health itself.

But it is the investments directly linked to the quality of the service that citizens receive that, according to the motion approved in the plenary of La Laguna, demand a response of an urgent nature.

This is, in this case, the expansion and updating of the Central Laboratory and the Hospital Pharmacy; the renovation work of the hospital kitchesn; the transfer of the Microbiology Laboratory; the rehabilitation and improve-ment of the hospitalisation plants; the increase in the workforce of physiotherapists; and the equipment of the scanner already bid for.

Monica Martin said she was confident that this institutional pronouncement expressed in the plenary hall of the City Council of La Laguna “will be taken care of by the Regional Executive” and that the problems that accumulate in the hospital “finally receive the solution that both their workers and its users in general demand.”