STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
REGIONAL Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs, Vicenç Thomas said yesterday in Pollensa that due to an intense increase in population numbers in the district, the Balearic government has plans to extend and upgrade the present municipal health centre where facilities are unable to cope with soaring demand.

The Minister said yesterday in Palma that having consulted closely with local authorities in Pollensa, the government is now considering an integral reform plan which would incorporate the first floor of an adjacent building for future conversion to a day centre for community based rehabilitation and social activity. In order for any such plans to go ahead, the Balearic Ministry for Immigration and Social Affairs will have to accept the official request made by Pollensa Town Council for the change of use of the first floor of the adjacent building. Once that is achieved, the architectural solution would be for a bridge to be built to allow direct access from the health centre in its present form and the first floor where the day centre will be located.

Minister Thomas; the Mayor of Pollensa, Joan Cerda; and Mayor's deputy and Health councillor, Xesca Ramon, all expressed their firm belief that the Pollensa authorities and the Balearic government would ably complete the reform programme working as a joint venture. Thomas said he saw the move as an important one for the community in terms of quality of healthcare. He then made a visit to medical centre in the Port of Pollensa and spoke of widening the programme to simultaneously upgrade facilities in both Pollensa town and the port.

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