Palma.—Changes in the organisation of the Balearic Health Service were voted through yesterday, one of which will reinstate the former Primary Healthcare Management system.

The move was widely opposed by the Balearic and Majorcan Socialists who claimed that the legislation will be the second of its kind related to the regional health service to come before Parliament in just four months.

Former Health Minister Vicenç Thomas said at yesterday's Parliamentary Session that the first measures the government had proposed for the reorganisation of the regional health service had more to do with solving the internal problems of the Health ministry than with improving public health.

Contradicting Vicenç, Partido Popular (PP) MP Catalina Palau reproached the Opposition for not voting in favour of the reorganisation because in principle, she claimed, they were in agreement with the content. “It doesn't make sense you should vote against it,” she said.

Vicenç said that all the PP were doing were putting forward another solution to the same problem, “because the government is aware of the serious mistakes it has made.” Majorcan Socialist Fina Santiago said that the PP government were discussing changes in the healthcare system as if the health problems of the region depended on it.

The restructuring being imposed by the Balearic government involves the removal of some posts, allegedly to streamline the healthcare system and to make it more cost efficient. New Health Minister Antoni Mesquida asked for “maximum collaboration” from the Opposition.


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