The saturation of primary care is one of the greatest symptoms of stress that the public healthcare suffers and that the pandemic has harshly demonstrated. Barcelona It has 54 outpatient clinics, a figure that is expected to increase over the next few years. The Generalitat and the city council have signed the so-called city pact by which, by 2030, they plan to build 23 facilities, including 14 new buildings to house Primary Care Centers (CAP) as Primary Care Emergency Centers (CUAP). In part, they are already known works, some pending and claimed for a long time.
It happens, for example, with the construction of the new CAP Raval Nord, the focus of demonstrations in which patients and health workers came to occupy the Misericòrdia chapel, which MACBA also coveted and will be the headquarters that will replace the old neighborhood doctor’s office. It appears in the commitment sealed by the Department of Health and the consistory, like other long-demanded ones, such as the CAP of the Sagrera or the one of the Fort Piencwhich will be located next to the Gran Via bingo.
For now, it remains to find land for the future outpatient clinics in Casanova and Sardenya out of the scheduled outpatient clinics, indicates the city council. Most do have an assigned location, such as the doctor’s office. Old Helmet, on the site of the old courts on Avenida Lluís Companys. In parallel, it is looking for where to expand various centers, such as those of Drassanes or the CAP Pare Claret. In turn, it is estimated that part of the patients to whom the CAP Manso assists are moved to a new building in the poble-sec and that a center be built in the future neighborhood that will be erected in the pavilions of the Fira de Barcelona that will be demolished in the surroundings of Plaza Espanya.
Despite setting a time horizon, the Department of Health and the town hall admit that perhaps not all of them will be finished building and in service by 2030. In fact, the future outpatient clinic that is expected to be built in the Gothic They have been dragging on the planning since at least 2008, to the chagrin of the associative fabric of that area of Old Town.
“We mark seven years of entry and we will see how much temporality is required,” said the director of the Servei Català de la Salut, ramon canal. The director of the ‘conselleria’ has stated that the works will be “as fast as possible & rdquor; and has stressed that the key will be to have a sufficient budget.
The Generalitat and Barcelona City Council have not specified the estimate of spent of the entire plan, which also includes new services and adaptations in hospitals, socio-sanitary services and teams of mental health and addictions, among others. The roadmap refers to the construction of a social health residence at 22@ -Salut predicts that it will open next winter-, as well as two others in La Magòria and the coastal strip of the Sant Martí district.
In turn, improvement works will be commissioned in spaces for mental health and addiction care in Nou Barris, Sants-Montjuïc, Esquerra de l’Eixample and Ciutat Vella. Regarding medical transport, bases will be installed for ambulances in Nou Barris, Sant Martí and for the integrated health area Barcelona Esquerra.
The Councilor for Health, Gemma Tarafa, has recalled that, in view of the result of previous planning, “there is a volume of work that is finished and another that is assumed in the next plan & rdquor ;. In any case, he has stressed that it will be key to finish construction in the neighborhoods that will grow with more inhabitants in the coming years. “We know that Sagrera, Bon Pastor and La Marina they will grow, and these sanitary and socio-sanitary spaces have to arrive before the neighbors& rdquor;, the mayor stressed.
Apart from new buildings, remodeling of outpatient clinics is also contemplated, some of which are already known, such as those of the Besòs, La Pau or Manso. It will also reform the CAP Numancia. At the same time, expansions of the primary care services of the CAP Larrad -they want it to gain about 600 square meters-, as well as in roquetes and the clot.