ANDALUCIA is ignoring government orders to deny the region’s 46,000 undocumented immigrants free healthcare.
It comes after Madrid brought in new rules this week preventing those without residency from using health services except in cases of emergency.
An estimated 910,342 foreigners have lost their health cards which is expected to save around €1.5 billion a year.
But Andalucia has confirmed that the foreigners can ‘rest easy’ as the Junta will shoulder the costs.
“We are talking about a universal, free healthcare system that cannot change from one day to the next,” said health boss Maria Jesus Montero.
“We can’t just stop treating these people.”
Asturias, the Basque country, Canary Islands and Cataluna have also objected to the ban. Meanwhile the move sparked protests in Madrid with hundreds gathering under the banners ‘These aren’t cuts, they are xenophobia!’