A hospital has disabled equipment donated by Amancio Ortega for a "administrative problem" with the City Council

The machine, valued at 3.5 million euros, has been idle for more than a year

Amancio Ortega with his daughter Marta Ortega.

It is not the first time that the administrative bureaucracy has prevented Valencian hospitals from putting into operation the millionaire equipment donated by the Amancio Ortega Foundation. The last, a Gamma Knife radiosurgery machine valued at 3.5 million euros, she has been in the Hospital Clnico de Valencia for more than a year. And the reason is none other than an “administrative problem”, according to sources from the Valencia City Council.

The consistory governed by Comproms and PSOE has not processed the work license requested by the Hospital to adapt the space to install the equipment. This is also confirmed by the Ministry of Health itself after advancing The Provinces that the file has been paralyzed for more than a year.

Sources of the consistory deny that it is a problem of license jam as the PP has denounced, but that, in some way, the request of the Hospital is misplaced. In fact, the same sources indicate that the technicians are already working to that the works can begin “as soon as possible”, and one of the formulas being considered is that the center can start the work by means of a responsible declaration, that is, even without having all the papers in order.

Already in 2018, municipal technicians of Valencia put objections to both the Clinic and the Hospital La Fe to carry out works to adapt their radiology areas. The argument then was that the hospitals lacked a first occupation license. But, in practice, this also blocked the implementation of the image diagnosis technology that the Inditex businessman had donated to the Generalitat Valenciana.

The Department of Health signed a agreement with the Amancio Ortega Foundation in 2018, which contemplated a total investment of 29.4 million euros for the supply, installation and commissioning of equipment for the care, diagnosis and treatment of oncological diseases. The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, then valued the agreement because thanks to it it will be possible to improve the lives of patients and save thousands of lives.


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