The Ministry of Health will invest more than 11 million euros from European funds in 12 high-tech devices that will house the University Hospital of La Candelaria in Tenerife.
The Minister of the Department, Carolina Darias, visited the premises where these teams will be located this Thursday, accompanied by the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, the Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, and the Government Delegate, Anselmo Pestana .
They will be used for services such as hemodynamic cardiology, radiotherapy, radiodiagnostics and nuclear medicine in an action that is part of the High-Tech Equipment Investment Plan (INVEAT) promoted by the Ministry of Health thanks to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan .
Carolina Darias has stressed that the INVEAT plan will involve the distribution of 38.5 million euros between 2021 and 2022 in the Canary Islands for the acquisition of 40 pieces of equipment that will be distributed in 9 centers on the seven islands of the archipelago.
And he has declared that this plan is “one of the most important health programs” in Spain, which will allow the renovation or replacement of high-tech equipment in hospitals, with a total investment of 795 million euros.
“A unique and unprecedented investment that will mean a before and after for the public health system of Spain, the Canary Islands, Tenerife and this hospital centre,” said the minister.
La Candelaria Hospital will be equipped with linear accelerators, vascular angiographs, a planning and a spectral CT, two gamma cameras, brachytherapy machines, an MRI, a hemodynamic room and a PET-CT.
All these devices, the minister stressed, will serve to improve diagnostic capacities, especially in early stages.
This investment in high-tech equipment will make it possible to strengthen the diagnostic and therapeutic capacities, which will have a reach of more than half a million people who make up the reference population.
During her visit to La Candelaria Hospital, the minister spoke to a group of workers protesting the abuse of temporary work and reminded them of the recent announcement of a merit competition for those who have been working non-stop since 2016.
The Ministry of Health, Darias said, is working with the autonomous communities on the “extraordinary tender” for this procedure, adding that the government is working on “clear, concise measures” to “put an end to the existing temporality and the future”.
Finally, he spoke words of appreciation for the health workers and the management team of the Hospital de La Candelaria as a “quality standard”.
In the same way, the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, praised the “magnificent, commendable and excellent work” of the health workers who “faced an extremely difficult situation, a test in which they showed that this country has on public health and responded much better than other places to the pandemic precisely because of this commitment.”
Regarding the reason for the minister’s visit, Torres has indicated that the priority of the investments is the modernization of hospitals and the provision of technologies that are “faster and more effective” and allow “adverse situations to be responded to as quickly as possible”. to react”. “.
The Canarian President has stressed his government’s commitment to increasing the number of hospital beds, easing the waiting lists as much as possible and “setting the clocks on time”.