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Health centres – restricted hours

Posted by dolly diver on September 17, 2008
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The Department of Health has suspended afternoon opening in the centres in Tamaimo and Puerto Santiago due to staffing shortages.

The decision prompted the local council to pass a motion calling for normal service to be resumed as quickly as possible. ‘We realise the Department can be affected by staffing difficulties but cannot accept that they always have to affect us. This is the third time Santiago del Teide has suffered a health centre closure in recent times’ said a spokesman for the town’s Canarian Coalition party, which is demanding an urgent meeting with the regional health minister.

21,000 health service workers will go ahead with a two hour strike today in the Canaries after a late meeting yesterday failed to find a solution to end the dispute. The action could lead to serious disruption in health centres and hospitals, particularly outpatients and A&E units.

The regional government may even have worsened the situation by deciding to call just one of the public sector unions in for the last-minute talks. Other unions say the ‘divide and separate’ tactic has strengthened resolve in the ongoing dispute over the Department of Health’s failure to implement an agreement on working conditions, including pay, struck in 2007.