Residents of La Cala de Mijas are growing increasingly concerned by the inaction of the local government in addressing the lack of public health services available in the town.
The coastal resort, which has seen a considerable rise in tourist numbers this summer, still doesn't have the corresponding emergency services for a town of its size - a year after the residents' association, the Asociación de Vecinos de La Cala, started its appeal.
Now, more than 4,000 people have signed a petition for an around the clock accident and emergency unit, as is already available in Mijas Pueblo. According to the president of the association, Francisco Sepúlveda, currently the A&E department is only open Monday to Friday from 9am to 2.30pm. He told SUR: “We don't want any more avoidable deaths in this area because of a lack of immediate medical assistance.”
In his view, the town hall has “more than enough money to make this happen” and that the project has sound logic as it would “alleviate the burden on Las Lagunas which, according to statistics, is one of the busiest centres in Andalucía”.
Sepúlveda didn't waste the opportunity to give his view on one of the area's biggest pending projects, Motor City race track.
He urged the local council to “bury” the “scandalous project”, questioning the wisdom of a 50-year lease for one of the municipality's prime plots of land. “It would mean the people of La Cala de Mijas will never see a hospital, a school, a seniors' residence or similar built there to serve them,” he said.