Mijas council asks Junta to think again about using a local hotel for Covid patients

The entrance to the Illunion Hotel in Mijas.
The entrance to the Illunion Hotel in Mijas. / SUR
  • The council has taken the opportunity to remind the regional government that it hasn't had a reply yet over the offer of land for a new hospital

The council in Mijas has asked the Andalusian regional government to think twice about setting up a 'medicalised' hotel in the municipality.

The Ilunion Hotel has been kitted out at short notice by the Junta's Health Service to take people with mild infections who cannot stay at home or in seniors' residences if Covid cases grow.

Mijas council says it's the "wrong" decision and it "damages the image of the town", as Mijas is on the list of the municipalities with over 50,000 people that has the lowest amount of Covid-19 cases in Malaga province and one of the areas with the fewest hotel beds for tourists on the Costa del Sol.

The Junta de Andalucía has been urgently converting the Ilunion Hotel, on the road up to Mijas Pueblo and formerly the Hacienda del Sol Mijas, into an "evacuation centre" for the province.

Mijas council is against the scheme. A source said, "there is no hospital within the municipal boundary and the road leading to [the hotel] is a secondary road, with a difficult connection to the motorway."

The Junta's move has also reignited negotiations over a future hospital for Mijas. The council has said the Junta should have the municipality as much in mind when it comes "to building the needed hospital" for Mijas and district, "as it has done for the installation of this medicalised hotel."

The council has asked the Junta to finally give it a decision on the land it has offered up for the long-awaited hospital. In July the council again asked the Junta to accept the land offered in Las Lagunas at the end of last year.

The mayor, Josele González, said the council only needs give a "yes or no" answer on the land's suitability, to enable the council to make plans.