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Mayors demand “urgent solution” for physio centre

AMAL, the association of the Algarve’s 16 borough councils, has approved a motion demanding health authorities find an “urgent solution” to safeguard the future of São Brás de Alportel’s trouble-torn physiotherapy centre.

Plans for the centre, which has been plagued by a shortage of human resources and medical equipment for several years, remain shrouded in uncertainty.

Last year it was announced that it was going to go private. Though Health Minister Adalberto Fernandes said in April that the tender for its management rights would be launched soon, the town’s PSD delegation said it was a “lie” and that the whole project was gathering dust.

Tired of not knowing what lies in store for the centre, Algarve mayors want local health bosses to guarantee that something is being done to ensure the centre overcomes its issues.

As the mayors point out, the centre in São Brás is the only state-run facility for victims of serious accidents and limb loss in southern Portugal.

Speaking to Lusa news agency, ARS Algarve guaranteed that “there is no risk of the centre closing” nor has there been a “decrease in the quality of its services”.

It said that 98% of the centre’s patients were happy about the treatment they received in the second quarter of 2016.

The health authority also admitted that there has been a shortage of medicine at the centre, but that the situation has already been resolved.

The Resident has asked ARS Algarve about the plans for the centre to go private and will update when we hear back.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com