Millions spent on summer health care staffing

But union says overall staffing is down and Málaga demands new hospital

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The health service is to spend 12.5 million euros on contracting substitute workers this summer

By James Langton and Dave Jamieson

The Andalucía health service (SAS) announced last week that it is to spend €12.5 million on contracting substitute workers and making staff reinforcements for the summer months in Málaga’s health centres and hospitals.

The budget will see eight doctors and 11 nurses hired to strengthen health centres, and an estimated 200,000 days of work over the summer covered by contracted substitute staff. The statement from SAS also said that 9.37% more is being spent this summer on the reinforcements than last year, and that the amount of staff at hospitals and health centres will increase by 11.7%.

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