Residents in Estepona have formed a group to put pressure on the authorities to open the new hospital in the town.
Known as the PAIH (Plataforma para la Apertura Íntegra del Hospital de Estepona) the group has started a campaign to collect signatures on a petition to call for the Junta de Andalucía to open the hospital as a matter of "urgency".
The group has stressed "the great health needs of the area, now more than ever, due to Covid-19 and the new outbreaks".
The group has called for the support of the town halls in the areas that will be served by the new hospital, whose construction was completed last year.
PAIH plans to continue collecting signatures in Benahavís, Casares, Estepona and Manilva.