16 August 2019
A second hospital will be built in Torrejón de Ardoz, a 130,000-inhabitant satellite city of Madrid, after the city’s government, currently dominated by the Partido Popular (PP), approved a proposal by Quirónsalud. The council has offered to rent a 16,000-square-meter plot of land to the firm for 625,000 euros per year, for a sixty year period.
The new private hospital will be placed across a roundabout from an existing public hospital, which is managed by a rival firm, Ribera Salud. Quirónsalud had initially planned on building the centre on a private plot of land in Alcalá de Henares.
The regional and municipal governments, both controlled by the PP, had to implement ad hoc changes in zoning regulations that, in the end, convinced the company to modify its project and move it to Torrejón de Ardoz.
Original Story: El Diário – Sofía Pérez Mendoza
Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner