The emergency service at Bigastro, which also serves nearby Jacarila and Benejúzar, will close on the 1st July according to the Vega Baja Hospital director, Carlos Arenas. He says that between 12pm and 8am there was an average of 2.3 patients and that most have been minor cases.
For those who do not have a car, there will be an ambulance on standby to take them to Vega Baja hospital.
In reply to the assertion that the closure will cause problems at Vega Baja hospital, he says that it is still working at under its maximum capacity of 320,000 inhabitants. The pressure on the Orihuela hospital was much reduced by the opening of the new one at Torrevieja.
In any case, an average of 2.3 extra patients between 12pm and 8am is hardly going to cause chaos in an A&E department.
The socialist spokesperson for Bigastro, Raúl Valerio Medina says he has collected 600 signatures opposing the move and has accused Charo Bañuls of showing no interest in this issue. I am sure she has more pressing matters to concern herself with like the 17 million deficit that her party inherited.