By James Langton
Ronda’s new hospital, which has been under construction for eight years, remains non-operational after the town’s local council denied the regional government’s SAS health service the necessary licence to operate the facility.
Ronda’s mayor, María de la Paz Fernández, announced last week that the local council had denied the licence that would have certified the works as complete, after town hall technicians inspected the site and found three main issues.
First, the hospital lacks a water and sanitation supply. The service is to be managed by water company Aqualia, but Sra Fernández said that the company “has not yet applied for permits or signed the contract”. Also, the site still needs to be connected to the electrical grid, and both the roads into the hospital and pedestrian access routes need to be planned and constructed.