The Hospital Joan March in Bunyola is in a bit of distress. The hospital is set to be closed any time soon. The Govern Balear has run out of money and, seemingly, out of ideas. Recently it was decreed that two hospitals will have to be closed on the island, the Hospital General in Palma, and the Hospital Joan March in Bunyola. Also, the newly built Hospital Son Espases, inaugurated not much more than twelve months ago, will have to close 40 percent of its operating theatres.
It would appear as though the new Balearic government is quick to cut on health and education when the going gets tough.
Why is it that politicians of whichever side of the spectre are always so terribly quick when it comes to invest or, likewise, to cut when in fact so much is at stake every time that more careful thinking and planning would seem so evidently necessary? Can’t they sit down and do some thinking first, perhaps even employ some experts, before they build new motorways, underground transport, airports, hospitals or congress centres, instead of just approving the budget, accepting a customary budget overrun and, once completed, find themselves without any uptake or tenant or without funds to run the thing? It would all seem so easy; why can’t they get it right? Or is it about something else? Is it not about the welfare of the community but instead, about the ego, or about party politics, or simply, about personal gain, kickbacks perhaps? I wish I knew the answers. They all seem a thoroughly untrustworthy lot, they really do.
The photo was taken near Bunyola, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 14th, 2012. The time was 13:43:59 and 13:48:21, respectively.