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Some 3,000 local people a year will benefit from Zara owner's accelerators

One of the accelerators donated by the Amancio Ortega Foundation.
One of the accelerators donated by the Amancio Ortega Foundation. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • All five pieces of equipment donated by Amancio Ortega are due to be working by 2020 in two Malaga hospitals

Some 3,000 cancer patients will benefit annually from radiotherapy sessions within a year when linear accelerators (LINAC), donated by the Amancio Ortega Foundation to Malaga hospitals, begin working.

Ortega is founder of clothing-giant Inditex, owner of Zara.

Two of the accelerators belong to the Hospital Regional with the other three going to the Clínico Universitario, where work will begin in June to fit out spaces for them.

"We are going to experience a tremendous jump in radiotherapy quality, because we will be able to treat oncology patients that currently we cannot," highlighted radiotherapy experts at Hospital Clínico.

In spite of this, the donations have been criticised by left-wing party Podemos. Party member, Isabel Serra, protested that "the health service can't accept donations from Ortega".