The Balearic Islands have received 22,062,886.82 euros through the INVEAT plan (the Investment Plan for High Technology Equipment) promoted by the Ministry of Health with European funds with the aim of meeting the needs of the National Health System in a planned and orderly manner. The aim of this investment is to reduce the obsolescence of the technology pool, which will allow people to survive and improve their quality of life by diagnosing diseases at an early stage, especially those with the greatest impact on health, such as chronic, oncological, neurological and rare diseases.
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, accompanied by the Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs of the Balearic Islands, Patricia Gómez, the Director-General of the Health Service, Juli Fuster, and the Director-General of Services and Pharmacy, Nacho García, visited the Son Llàtzer University Hospital this morning, where she was able to see the equipment that will be renewed during the year thanks to this investment: two pieces of equipment for computerised tomography, better known as CAT scans.
This investment will finance the renovation or expansion of the following equipment in five public hospitals in the Balearic Islands. All the projects are in the tender phase and their installation is expected to be completed between the end of 2022 and the first half of 2023, depending on each piece of equipment.
Linear accelerators: 3 renovations and 1 extension at Son Espases Hospital.
Neuronal angiograph: 1 extension at Hospital Son Espases.
Vascular angiograph: 2 extensions at Hospital Son Espases.
Gammacamera-CT: 1 extension at Hospital Son Espases.
Haemodynamics room: 1 extension at Hospital Son Espases.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET-CT): 1 extension at Hospital Son Espases.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): 1 renovation at Hospital Son Llàtzer.
Computed tomography (CT): renovation of 4 units at Hospital Son Espases, 1 at Can Misses, 1 at Inca, 1 at Manacor and 1 at Son Llàtzer.
TAC operating theatre: 1 renewal at Son Espases Hospital.
CT planning: 1 renewal at Son Llàtzer Hospital.
On 27 April the Spanish government approved the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. This plan includes funding for a series of investments and reforms between 2021 and 2026 from European funds. One of the transformation policies promoted by this plan is to renew and expand the capacities of the National Health System, in coordination with the autonomous communities through the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS).
The renewal of high-tech equipment is based on the following criteria:
- To reduce the obsolescence of the technological stock of high-tech equipment in the NHS, with the aim of guaranteeing the renewal of 100% of equipment (installed in publicly owned and managed centres) that is 12 years old or older, and additionally, of linear accelerators and computerised tomography (CT) scanners that are 10-11 years old.
- Raise the average density rate of high-tech equipment per 100,000 inhabitants by at least 15%, in order to improve equity of access throughout the country, bring the service closer to patients and progressively bring the NHS into line with the European average.
In total, more than 795 million euros have been earmarked, which will be distributed between 2021 and 2022. As the minister explained, this will make it possible to renew the installed technological park and turn Spain into one of the leading countries in this area compared to the rest of the countries around us.
9 more ICU boxes in Son Llàtzer
The Minister of Health also took advantage of her visit to Son Llàtzer University Hospital to see the expansion of the intensive care unit boxes that is underway, which will be available in mid-February.
In total, 9 more beds will be available to attend to patients requiring intermediate care. Once the work is completed, they will be added to the 18 ICU beds already available at the reference hospital in the Migjorn de Mallorca sector.
The project was made possible after an investment of 1.8 million euros, 1.4 million of which came from the REACT fund for Recovery Aid for European Cohesion and Territories.