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Junta promises funds for new Fuengirola-Mijas hospital

Ana Mula with Elías Bendodo on 17 May.
Ana Mula with Elías Bendodo on 17 May. / SUR
  • Plans are also to be drawn up for a new health centre for Los Pacos-Torreblanca next year

Regional government spokesman Elías Bendodo last week met with Fuengirola mayor Ana Mula to discuss the future of the long-awaited Fuengirola-Mijas hospital, as well as that of the Los Pacos-Torreblanca health centre.

Bendodo recognised that the town hall had been submitting the same plans to the Junta for the last 40 years and they had been "falling on deaf ears".

However, that is to change, he says, promising to be an "ally" for the town.

For Bendodo the priority is the new Fuengirola-Mijas hospital and the Junta has already taken control of the project even though the town hall is yet to formalise the transfer of the land.

He also announced that the plans would the project would be drawn up in 2020 and that the project would be included in the regional budget for that year.

Next year will also see the project for the new health centre in Los Pacos-Torreblanca drawn up. Bendodo announced that work was under way to equip the health centre in Las Lagunas (in neighbouring Mijas but which will still serve Fuengirola) with an extra ambulance, above all to cope with the increased demand during the summer months.

Bus station

Further infrastructure works are also in the pipeline in the area and the regional deputy minister for Public Works, Jaime Reynaud, visited the area on Monday to search for a location for the new bus station.

"We have been in opposition for a long time so now we must take the initiative and get things moving again," said Bendodo, whose party, the conservative PP, took over the regional government in coalition with centre-right Ciudadanos early this year with the help of far right group Vox.