DOCTORS and nurses in Andalucia launched a 24-hour shut down to protest over cuts to health care.
Medical staff from across the region simultaneously closed the doors to 14 hospitals in order to give the government a ‘wake up call’.
“We need to call the government’s attention to the irreversible damage this will have on the health service,” said Francisco Munoz, the secretary general of the nursing syndicate Satse-Andalucia.
It comes after doctors in Malaga warned the Junta that the proposed cuts could put patients’ health at risk and cause an increase in incorrect diagnoses and treatment.
The cutbacks will see a heavier workload for staff as well as targets reducing lab tests by 10 per cent and MRIs by five per cent.
Unions and consumer and patient associations have now teamed up to offer a 21-point plan of alternatives to the cuts issued by the Junta.