SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Jan. 28 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The island councilor for Social Action of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Marián Franquet, assured this Friday that the corporation is advancing in the processing of a total of 18 socio-health centers and since the beginning of the mandate, 1,509 new places have been enabled, plus another 551 this year.
During her speech before the plenary session of the insular corporation, Marián Franquet recalled that these centers “are part of a plan approved in 2017 that from its inception lacked any type of planning and did not even have a study on the dependency needs that there was in Tenerife”.
Thus, he said that “in the centers that were supposed to be launched, there is not a single reference to what type of dependency model they wanted to implement” which has caused them to have to “start from scratch in many cases, devoting many hours to undo wrongs and starting by covering the head of the service that would be in charge of managing the plan and reinforcing the area”.
Franquet pointed out that in the first two years of the Infrastructure Plan, only six projects had been put out to tender and stressed that in 2018 and 2019, none of the 1,231 places that were to be put into operation were created and that they have been created in the current mandate.
In relation to the centers that are being processed, the Minister explained that there are two that are in the process of being awarded, and that they will make it possible to reinforce coverage in the north and south of the island, such as the Abades center in Arico, with capacity for 76 residential places and a budget of 3.5 million; and the expansion of the Santa Úrsula center, which includes 70 new places and a budget of 534,312 euros.
At the same time, he advanced that the problems of the CAMP de La Cuesta have been unblocked, resolving the contract with the winning company, and the new project, endowed with 5 million euros and with capacity for 70 social and health places, is currently in the phase of drafting.
In this context, Franquet recalled that during the previous mandate, the work was awarded with a reckless economic loss that paralyzed the work and “it is now, after intense negotiations with the winning company, when we have managed to reach an agreement, avoiding judicialization of the conflict which would paralyze his execution”.
Along the same lines, he referred to other centers with important advances, such as the one in Garachico and the residence for people with autism in La Laguna, where the existing land transfer problems have been unblocked or the procedures for the Guidance Center for Isora, with capacity for 95 places.
The counselor highlighted the fact that the drafting of the project for this last center had been carried out without taking into account the industrial part, on which such basic services as electricity and hot water depend, and whose project had to be drafted in this mandate.
At the same time, there are another 12 centers, of which one is in the drafting phase (Arona Social and Health Center) and another thirteen already have a drafted project: the Buenavista Disability Residence, the Candelaria CSS, Granadilla, the Trisomy Association La Laguna, the expansion of the La Matanza Senior Center, the CSS Santísima Trinidad, the CSS La Victoria, the CSS Febles Campos II, the CSS Añaza, the new Febles Campos, and the CSS Nueva Ofra.