The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, has made the surprise announcement that he has set aside four million euros in the council budget to go towards funding a new hospital for the Mijas area, to be built on a proposed site in Las Lagunas.
Mijas has been asking for a local hospital for some time and the mayor has previously said that he was prepared to go down the route taken by Estepona recently to start off its new facility. Hospitals have traditionally been built and run by the Junta de Andalucía regional government but Estepona managed to secure agreement whereby it would finance the construction of the building with the Junta coming in to equip and run the new facility.
Having said Mijas would like to do the same, Maldonado has taken steps to make good his commitment and in turn force the hands of the other local authorities needed to turn his plan into reality.
The Junta de Andalucía hasn't commented on the initiative. Meanwhile neigbouring Fuengirola, whose territory falls very close to the proposed site, has been asked to consider partnering with Mijas council to get the facility built.
Commenting on the idea, Maldonado said, “The Junta has got money and land to carry out this long-standing idea and if Fuengirola shares the cost, we can finally find a solution for residents in both municipalities.”
The ruling conservative PP party in Fuengirola has said that health care isn't a council's job and that the Junta should be funding it all.