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Computer hacking accusations at Torrevieja Hospital on Spain’s Costa Blanca as private company says regional government ‘stole files’

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THE private company that manages Torrevieja Hospital has complained to the Guardia Civil about a computer hack allegedly committed by the Valencian Health Ministry.

The hospital and Torrevieja Health Department has been run by Ribera Salud since 2007 but returns to public management this Saturday(October 16).

The Ribera accusation is the latest in a series of angry spats with the Valencian government.

The regional administration announced last year that they would not be renewing the company’s franchise to run health services in the Torrevieja area, which has not gone down well with Ribera.

In a statement, Ribera Salud said that its cybersecurity department detected ‘irregular access to its computer system last Friday(October 8) with confidential files and information viewed by unauthorised personnel’.

It claimed the ‘hack’ came from the newly-created department of the Commissioner of the Department of Health for Torrevieja Hospital.

Ribera has complained to both the Guardia Civil and the Valencian Health Ministry, and has demanded an investigation.

The company’s statement continued: “Given the seriousness of the events denounced and the seriousness of the issue due to the connotations it could have and the scope of the people involved, we will refrain from further comment until the end of the police and judicial investigation.”

The Health Ministry commented: “ We have a single objective which is to guarantee continuity of care and improve services for the 180,000 residents in the Torrevieja health area”.

“We have kept to the legal framework of the franchise contract at all times, which obliges the contract holder to deliver the health service in the appropriate conditions and provide the necessary information to guarantee citizens the right to continue receiving health care in the best conditions and without loss of care,” the statement continued.

“There are some requirements that the company(Ribera Salud) has repeatedly ignored,” the Health Ministry concluded.

Valencian Health Minister, Ana Barcelo, said last week that access to ‘information was being prevented’ which could impact the ‘continuity of patient care’ from October 16.

READ MORE:- PRIVATE MANAGERS OF TORREVIEJA HOSPITAL WARN OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT CONSEQUENCES

TORREVIEJA AREA HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO BE PUBLICLY RUN FROM OCTOBER

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Vaccinations increase as COVID-19 passport starts operating in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain

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VACCINATION rates have risen in the Valencian Community after the start-date for the COVID passport was announced by the regional government in late November.

The Ministry of Health says that the number of first doses administered in the last week of November was up by 74% compared to the first week of last month.

That coincided with the run-up to the launch of the government’s passport plan which started on Saturday.

Covid Passport In Use In Valencia, Spain 04 Dec 2021
COVID PASSPORT CHECK IN VALENCIA CITY (Cordon Press Image)

7,524 doses were administered at mobile vaccination points in the region in the fourth week of November, compared to 4,331 in the first week.

A greater emphasis has been placed on using more mobile points to get more unjabbed people a vaccine shot, but the passport measure is also said to have boosted inoculation rates.

4.1 million people have now downloaded the EU COVID certificate in the Valencian Community.

Health Minister, Ana Barcelo, said this Monday that 38% of the downloads happened between December 1 and 4.

Over possible new restrictions, Ana Barcelo said: “Nothing more is planned because you have to maintain the measures that are in place, such as distancing and wearing a mask indoors even if you enter a place which uses the COVID certificate. These kind of measures work.”

Regional nightlife associations have sent letters of complaint to senior Valencia officials over ‘heavy-handed’ police visits to clubs and late bars over the weekend to check whether customers had COVID passports

The CEOH said officers arrived to ‘interrupt the activity’ of entertainment venues in an ‘absolutely inappropriate and unspeakable’ way.

The group said the behaviour was similar to the ‘police brigades of the Franco regime’.

Co-ordinated police checks in the region uncovered 49 people in premises without a COVID passport: 264 cases of masks not being worn; and 68 incidents of drug possession.

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Over 21% of ‘thirty-somethings’ are not vaccinated against COVID-19 in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain

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21.6% of Valencian Community residents aged in their thirties have still not got a COVID-19 vaccination, according to health department figures.

The age group makes up a significant proportion of the 10% of the total regional population that have not had at least one vaccine shot.

Valencian Health Minister, Ana Barcelo, said that the highest incidence of new COVID-19 cases were among people aged 30 to 39, with 55.18 infections per 100,000 residents in that age band.

The news comes as average COVID incidence rates stand at 49 cases per 100,000 but hospital admissions and death rates remain low.

Tuesday’s figures showed 203 hospitalisations with 49 people in intensive care.

Ana Barcelo said: “Unvaccinated people are six times more likely to be infected and nine times more likely to be hospitalised compared to somebody who has had the full course of vaccinations.”

The Health Ministry has launched what has been branded as a ‘10% operation’ to reach unvaccinated citizens.

Mobile vaccination teams will target younger people with appearances at sports stadiums, shopping centres, entertainment events, and collaborating with colleges and universities.

Booster doses to people aged over 70 have started to be administered in the Valencian Community with a flu vaccine offered at the same time.

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