by Jason Moore

Two hospitals are closing down in Majorca, class sizes will increase, civil servants will be squeezed and much more. It appears at the moment that the Balearic government has a weekly round of cuts. Soon there will be nothing to cutback at all. The Balearic government has decided that it is best to do things bit by bit rather than actually having a proper plan. Sometimes you get the impression that the cuts are almost a knee-jerk reaction. Cutting hospitals and increasing class sizes is not the way forward. There are other services which could easily be reduced and the affect would be next to nothing. A prime example is the Palma Metro. Right, hands up to all of you who have used the metro? I bet we are talking a handful of people. What is the point of having a metro line which links an industrial estate and a university which is closed for six months of the year? Answers on a postcard please. The other day I saw an interview with a regional government official from Madrid. She said that if the health service was returned to Madrid rather than being governed by the various regional authorities it would save millions. It is time that the Spanish government started to scale back the regional authorities. In the Balearics there are FOUR tiers of government for an area with a population of one million. If the islands were ruled directly from Madrid it would save many millions and I suspect that things might even function more smoothly!

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