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.