Estepona mayor José María García Urbano, left, with Junta health officials

A LONG-awaited hospital has been given the final go ahead.

Junta health chiefs yesterday met José María García Urbano, Estepona’s mayor, to sign an agreement to allow a contract for work on the €17 million state of the art centre to in the town to go to tender.

It marks the end of an over 10 year campaign by determined residents, who up until now have had to travel 40km to access the nearest public hospital in Marbella.

The project was first suggested by officials in 2008 but was shelved in 2011.

It will serve the town’s 70,000 strong population all year around, but will also be able to provide adequate care for tourists during peak tourist season.

“We are confident that in the first months of 2017 the work can be tendered,” said García, who insisted that from now on the town council “will work with maximum speed” to construct the hospital as quickly as possible.


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