The Health Authority of Gibraltar (GHA, for its acronym in English) has formalized an agreement with Vithas, a major private healthcare group with hospitals and medical centres in all Spain. The agreement, signed in full, unknown how and when will the Brexit, will allow doctors to gibraltarians refer patients to two hospitals on the Costa del Sol.
In particular, the document signed between the GHA and the Group Vithas will allow gibraltarians to be seen at hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional de Benalmádena (approximately 120 miles of the british colony) and at the Vithas Parque San Antonio, Malaga (about 130 kilometres).
In a statement, the minister of Health, Care and Justice of Gibraltar, Neil Costa, has been “delighted” by the announcement of an agreement that “will further expand the options available to our physicians at the time of referring patients to specialised centres in Spain”. In addition, has valued the work of the Ministry that directs as of the GHA to close the document.
Shortage of medicines
The intrigue about what could happen in case of an abandonment of the Union without the agreement, a Brexit hard, are many. One of the main ones is what will happen with the health care of british citizens. For the moment, and while your country remains in the EU, a citizen of the United Kingdom has the right to receive medical assistance in any member country, a benefit that will be lost if the divorce occurs without agreement.
The british colony, which voted overwhelmingly against Brexit, latest now their plans to divorce. With the leaking of the documents of the “Operation Yellowhammer”, an analysis on a hypothetical day after a Brexit hard, it was learned that the british Executive had expected a decline in the supply of basic products, to Gibraltar, such as food and medicines.
This agreement would help to mitigate the health problems in the Rock, although on the border there are also setbacks. Between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the National Police has carried out a drill in the border of La línea de La Concepción (Cádiz), with the objective to check the efficiency of the controls that will be established once the occurrence of the Brexit.
As reported yesterday, “Andalucia Information,” the operation led to queues of almost an hour to cross the Fence. What this week has been a sham, but in the case that it will become a usual situation would affect the 15,000 cross-border workers —about 9,000 of them, Spanish— crossing the Fence daily.
Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-gibraltar-firma-acuerdo-hospitales-privados-costa-bajo-acecho-brexit-201910100300_noticia.html