Palma.—The President of the Patient Defence Association, Carmen Flores, has written to the Balearic High Court's Chief Prosecutor, Bartomeu Barcelo, asking him to open an investigation into why the accident and emergency departments at Palma's Son Espases and Son Llatzer hospitals are unable to cope.

Flores stressed in her letter that “the health and lives of the general public are at risk because of the lack of staff and material.” Last week, the head of A&E at Son Espases resigned and two of his most senior nurses resigned over the worsening situation, primarily being caused by the wave of cuts the new local government has introduced, according to the nursing union Satse.

The union has warned that the two A&E wings are at “breaking” point and the Balearic Official Medical College is calling for industrial action in protest against the cuts.

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