Court number 2 of Puerto de la Cruz has opened proceedings on the management of the Hogar Santa Rita nursing home after admitting the complaint filed by the Prosecutor’s Office, sources from the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands confirmed to Efe. This court has admitted for processing the prosecutor’s complaint for alleged mistreatment of the elderly in said center and the commission of a crime of reckless homicide is not ruled out, according to judicial sources. The complaint was admitted on November 17. Proceedings are being carried out, and it is expected that a statement will be taken from the head of the center in the coming weeks.
Santa Rita, the private macro-residence built with “checks from heaven” that has had to be intervened by public health
The The original complaint came, in December 2020, from the staff of the Hospital de La Candelaria who worked in this residence, which has a capacity for 710 places, during the first wave of the pandemic due to the high number of COVID-19 infections registered in its facilities, both among workers and among users. days later, the The Ministry of Health of the Canarian Government ordered to intervene the residence.
In addition to the outbreak, workers from the Canary Islands Health Service reported episodes of malnutrition and scabies infections.
Olga Rocío, spokesperson for the Tenerife Nursing Home User Platform, told Radio Club that the opening of proceedings “is a success and justice” for the twenty users who died during the pandemic, their families and the workers. from the center.
Rocío trusts that this will help the management of the residence change hands, because the one that gave rise to the complaint that has ended up in court “was disastrous.”
The situation of the macro-residence worsened after the complaint of the UGT union before the Labor Inspection on December 4, 2020, where they stated that the protocols were not being complied with and that part of the staff who had not yet received the result of their PCR had to join your job. The union also stated in the letter that there were personnel pending the result of the test wearing a surgical mask, since only the FPP2 type has been supplied to workers who go to isolated areas, supervisors and coordinators.
A residence built thanks to the sale of “bits of heaven”
The Santa Rita Foundation is divided into modules I and II. The first of them was inaugurated in 1981 by Father Antonio Hernández, now deceased. Years later, the second part was built, more ambitious and that was raised thanks to the sale of “little pieces of heaven”, which “were acquired every time you contributed to the Work, and which are still in force”, it is remembered on its website. The collection of the “checks from Heaven” then amounted to nearly 2,000 million old pesetas. Currently, it is part of the socio-health infrastructures that the island of Tenerife has to deal with the high demand of people who require a center of this type (although it is a Foundation, it has multi-year agreements with the Cabildo of that island and the from La Gomera). In fact, according to a study by the Association of Social Managers and Directors, the Canary Islands need 7,000 more healthcare places and the Canarian Government has come to recognize that when the current infrastructure plan ends, more places will continue to be needed.