The president of Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced on Monday that "in four weeks" the operating theatres of the Valle del Guadalhorce hospital will be working "at 100%". Moreno said that for several years, the centre had been "a phantom hospital", but now it will be fully functional and able to carry out more procedures on site.
On his visit to the hospital, accompanied by the delegate of the Andalusian government in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, and the mayor of Cártama, Jorge Gallardo, the president explained that health was one of his main focus areas, especially given that "half a million Andalusians" were on waiting lists. He explained, therefore, that now was the time to make a special effort to upgrade the hospitals in the region.
The announcement regarding the opening comes after years of delays and complications. The hospital initially opened without the theatres operational as the power supply was not sufficient enough to ensure there was no risk of regular power cuts.