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Health authority says Malaga could have new hospital by 2024

Marina Álvarez (left) with the healthcare professionals who proposed the project.
Marina Álvarez (left) with the healthcare professionals who proposed the project. / Fernando González
  • The scheme is expected to cost 230 million euros and the plans could be drawn up at the end of this year

Malaga's new public hospital, with 800 beds and the latest technology in healthcare is expected to cost 230 million euros. The Junta de Andalucía's health minister, Marina Álvarez, said on Monday that the hospital could be completed by 2024, speaking after a meeting with the team of experts who recently submitted their proposal regarding the location and other aspects of the new facility.

Álvarez described the project as "innovative and good" and said that it would be given "top priority". The experts had proposed using land behind the existing maternity and children's hospital, where the La Noria social centre currently stands. The provincial government (Diputación) owns the land and the health department will have to negotiate its use.

It is expected that the contract to draw up the plans for the construction will be put out to tender before the end of the year and that construction could start in 2019, with a timescale of five years.

Meanwhile other improvements would be made to the existing health facilities.