Largest healthcare privatisation plan in Spain is to go ahead, despite massive opposition

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f236
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

More than 300 staff from half the 270 primary care centres in the Madrid region have tendered letters of resignation to their local health authorities in a protest against a plan to privatise six hospitals, 10% of primary care centres, and all auxiliary services in the region. The plan is expected to be implemented this summer.

The resignations will take effect once the regional government invites tenders for private companies to run the primary care centres, expected in the next two months.

Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, head of the regional health department, has dismissed the resignations. …

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