The Health Department of La Ribera (Alzira) began to be publicly managed on 1 April 2018, following the reversal. A year has since passed. In my opinion, more than enough time to draw conclusions about its performance for citizens and professionals alike. Valuations that, as you may have read in my previous two blog entries, are fairly deplorable. However, the champions of this improvised and uncoordinated plan continue to ‘flog’ it as a great (ideological) success, not as a great (management) success, and you don’t have to wade through too many newspapers to see how the Dénia Hospital has also joined the fray. It never rains but it pours.
“I am very sorry for all those who predicted that Alzira would be a victim of its own success once it rid itself of private management”. Thus began the first part of my blog devoted to the reversal of La Ribera Healthcare Department (Alzira). Today, I press on with the need to publish, analyse and compare the results in health, healthcare and waiting lists in order to generate public information that is accessible to the entire population and to help -with new focal points- towards sustainability and improved quality of healthcare for those living in the Valencia region. Chapter 2 begins.
In just one year we have seen that the most controversial decision of the Valencian Regional Government, the return to public management of La Ribera Healthcare Department, is not bearing the fruits anticipated by the major advocates of 100% public health.
The truth is that after 365 days, La Ribera Healthcare Department (Alzira) neither works the same nor better than before; rather the opposite holds true, it is in decline. I am very sorry for all those who predicted that Alzira would be a victim of its own success once it rid itself of private management.