By Elizabeth Byrum

DOCTORS are holding a series of strikes around the Guadalhorce Valley over staffing levels.

The decision to demonstrate follows a report by the CCOO trade union which found that four of the six health centres in the region exceed the doctor/patient ratio set out by health guidelines.

Centres in Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama and Coín exceed the maximum of 1,500 patients per GP or 1,200 children per pediatrician.

The CCOO described the situation as ‘dire’ with the current number of staff ‘unsustainable’.

The medical staff, including nurses, plan to continue staging demonstrations at a different health centre in the region each day.


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