As of this month of November, people who require attention to cancer in Gipuzkoa will have like Oncology reference center of San Sebastián. This means that it will attend 12,000 people and 20,000 treatments a year, according to the Basque Health Minister, Gotzone Sagardui.
Outpatient cancer consultations in Gipuzkoa will also be attended in the Onkologikoa building from November 22 and those of the oncology and oncohematology day hospital in this building “Thus marking a new milestone in linking Onkologikoa to Osakidetza”, the counselor highlighted.
At a press conference at Onkologikoa, Sagardui highlighted that this center becomes “a focus that helps illuminate the improvement of continuous cancer care in the Basque Country”, thanks to a investment of 7.4 million euros, of which 3.3 million were contributed by the Onkologikoa Foundation and 4.1 million by Osakidetza, destined to modernize facilities, the information systems, the pharmacy area, as well as the purchase of a state-of-the-art accelerator that will serve 400 patients a year.
The health counselor, accompanied by the general director of Osakidetza, Rosa Pérez, the president of Kutxa Fundazioa, Carlos Tamayo, and the Director of Onkologikoa, Ander Urruticoechea, explained that Onkologikoa will attend “one hundred percent of the outpatients in Oncology Gipuzkoa Medical and Oncohematology “.
The centre’s new state-of-the-art linear accelerator will treat “400 tumors a year with greater precision.” “This equipment will make it possible to reduce side effects for patients and carry out the following treatment techniques more precisely and safely than with other devices,” he asserted.
“Fighting cancer is one of the priorities of the Department of Health and the Basque Government, included in the Euskadi Oncology Plan”, recalled the counselor.
Twenty outpatient clinics have been refurbished and adapted, serving more than 12,000 patients a year, and the Day Hospital, where 20,000 treatments per year will be administered to more than 3,000 patients.
In addition, in recent months more investments have been made, such as the expansion and modernization of the pharmacy. A second robot has been acquired for the preparation of cytostatics, that is, medication for the treatment of cancer. On the other hand, important work has been carried out in the information systems to adapt those of Onkologikoa to those that are deployed in Osakidetza.
Sagardui has pointed out that the planning of the services provided in this center becomes the responsibility of Osakidetza; Purchasing and provisioning management are developed in accordance with the parameters of the public system and Onkologikoa personnel remain linked to it.
“What begins is a process of communicating vessels, so that the vacancies due to retirement or resignation that occur in this organization are replaced by new generation positions in the public system.”
As for this last process, he has assured that it will be “progressive and prolonged in time” and that “all jobs are guaranteed.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.