Health ministry chooses new Algarve hospital board

The Algarve is going to receive a new hospital board “by the end of February or beginning of March”, with ARS Algarve board member Joaquim Ramalho taking over the spot of controversial hospital boss Pedro Nunes.

According to national tabloid Correio da Manhã, a list with the remaining members of the new CHA hospital board has been forwarded for approval by Portugal’s Ministry of Health to CRESAP – Portugal’s recruitment commission for public administration.

The newspaper adds that Carlos Santos, a doctor at Portimão hospital, will be named CHA’s clinical director and head-nurse at ARS Algarve Nuno Murcho will be in charge of CHA’s nursing department.

A decision on whether the criticised CHA management system will remain as it is has not been made, but CM says Health Minister Adalberto Fernandes is “inclined to changing it”.

Another novelty is the creation of the Algarve’s Academic Community of Health (Comunidade Académica de Saúde do Algarve), which will bring together the region’s three hospitals (Faro, Portimão and Lagos) and the University of the Algarve.

This new initiative will reportedly be announced in March with more details when the minister visits the Algarve.

The Resident has contacted the Ministry of Health about the news and will update the story as soon as we hear back.