Union urges Spanish doctors to report effects of budget cuts on patient careBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1270 (Published 21 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1270
- Aser García Rada
The regional health department in Catalonia has launched an inquiry after one of its public hospitals, which is under private management, rented out theatre space so that a patient could have a private operation after cuts to the region’s health budget as part of austerity measures.
Catalonia was the first region in Spain to introduce cuts in health spending a year ago (BMJ 2011;343:d6466, doi:10.1136/bmj.d6466). These have led the hospital in the town of La Seu d’Urgell, a public hospital that is privately managed, to rent out unused shifts in its operating theatres to private patients, the newspaper El País revealed on 8 February.
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