Although the proposed strike by chemists in December was called off, the situation that led to this desperate measure still exists. Chemists are still not receiving payments from Valencia for the drugs they dispense. In desperation, they have requested that the Government intervene and take over health matters from the cash strapped region.
Now we read that many health centres in the region will be closed at weekends as part of the cost cutting measures. The Health councillor says that it will be those centres where patient numbers are low on Saturdays that will close and that they would be open for an extra hour, Mondays to Fridays to make up for it. Whether this affects the health centre in Biagstro or not, I can’t say. I do know that last summer the air conditioning in the centre was shut off to save money.