The difficulty of the Ministry of Health in finding doctors for the Torrevieja Hospital is also affecting the Radiology/Xray service.

According to the unions, the number of staff should be close to twenty. It is currently made up of just three doctors, two of whom are on sick leave. But this is not a new problem as, although the numbers were not quite as low, the hospital had similar difficulties when it was managed by Ribera Salud.

With the change of management last October, several doctors moved to other hospitals. Of the eight that were in place at the time just four decided to stay.

Meanwhile, the ministry has said that “the Radiology area suffers from a lack of personnel everywhere but that, during the working day, it still works very well”.

It would therefore appear that the situation collapses when the working day ends, there are no staff to carry out, among other tasks, ultrasounds for such ailments as appendicitis or renal colic, says one hospital doctor. For this reason, patients are now being referred to other hospitals such as Vega Baja, prior to returning to Torrevieja for treatment.

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