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To Sell The hospital is Irresponsible

When asked about the proposed sale of the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital (HNM), Edgar Silva, Portuguese Labour Party (PTP) candidate, rebelled against the Regional Government decision, stating that the current hospital should be used as a “high-risk unit and as a back-up infrastructure to the new hospital.”

“Currently the HNM has 650 beds and a new hospital will only have 400. The two make up a health management system with 1,000 beds available, crucial in the optimal management of waiting lists and social problems due to drug and alcohol abuse which have a high level of administrative/problematic incidents attached to them.

Concluding, he said, “only a very irresponsible ruler would sell the HNM given the existing needs in the health sector.”

Samantha Gannon

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