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Madrid plans to privatise parts of health service

Source: El Pais - Sun 4th Nov 2012
Madrid plans to privatise parts of health service

The Regional President of Madrid, Ignacio González, last week unveiled plans to privatize a substantial part of the region's health system as part of an austerity budget for next year.

González recently took over the premiership from Esperanza Aguirre, who, during her 9 years in office, had become something of a standard bearer for the liberal faction of the ruling Popular Party whose ideas are now being adopted by other regions in Spain governed by the party.

Under González's proposals, the administration of six recently built hospitals will be tendered out to the private sector. Planned healthcare spending in the region for next year has been cut by seven percent to €7.108 billion, which makes up 45% of the budget for next year of €17.048 billion.