The new center will be managed by the Eixample Primary Health Care Consortium (CAPSE), a body composed of the Catalan Health Care Institute and Hospital Clínic, Barcelona. The center will house the Primary Care Team (EAP) of Barcelona Area 2-C, currently located in the outpatient building of Hospital Clínic, on C/. Roselló. It will have more space in which to provide quality health care in the catchment area. Special attention will be paid here to disease prevention and health promotion.
Is it possible for the public health care model and private health care to coexist? And if so, how should it be done? This was the topic of the latest Quiral Opinion discussion, a meeting organized by the Fundació Vila Casas to debate the social and health care news that most interests the Catalan press. On this occasion, Dr. Catalina Cabrer, director of Barnaclínic was a co-star of the debate on public and private health care and defended collaboration between the two systems, and said that “proposing a model of coexistence means potentiating efficacy, efficiency, equality, sustainability and, above all, quality of health care services”.
The representative of Hospital Clínic shared the table with the managing director of Grup Mútua de Terrassa, Esteve Picola. Among the audience were three journalists specializing in the health care sector (Milagros Pérez Oliva, ombudswoman for El País; Angels Gallardo of El Periódico; and Carmen Fernández of Diario Médico), and medical professionals from different institutions, including Dr. Miquel Vilardell, head of the internal medicine department of Hospital Vall d’Hebron; Marc Soler of the College of Physicians of Barcelona; Jacint Corbella, chairman of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia; and Mateu Huguet, director of the Institute for Health Care Studies. Also taking part in the debate was Dr. Raimon Belenes, CEO of Hospital Clínic. You can find the conclusions and opinions of the participants in the discussion.
The works to refurbish the Mercat del Ninot will begin on 22 April. Plaça Ferrer i Cajigal will be closed in order to accommodate the marquees that will soon be temporarily housing the Mercat del Ninot for at least two years.
During the period of construction of the provisional market, pedestrian access to the UB Faculty of Medicine and to Hospital Clínic will be via Casanova/Còrsega and Casanova/Provença.
Colon and rectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cause of death due to cancer in Catalonia, among both men and women, after lung and breast cancer, respectively. A total of 4500 new cases are diagnosed each year and almost 2000 people die each year from this type of tumor. These data are the result of late-stage diagnosis of the disease, as there is little knowledge regarding early diagnosis. In fact, if the cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be cured in 90% of cases. An information campaign is therefore necessary to explain the relevance of this tumor and the possibility of detecting it at an early stage. In this context, Hospital del Mar and Hospital Clínic of Barcelona are taking part, together with the Spanish Alliance for the Prevention of CRC, in the installation of a “giant colon” in Plaça Ferrè i Carrigal (C/. Casanova, 143, in front of the Faculty of Medicine). This is an inflatable structure in the shape of a colon and contains the exhibition “A journey through the colon”, the aim of which is to provide information on the disease and how to prevent it.
Taking part in the inaugural ceremony were Dr. Montserrat Andreu, head of the Hospital del Mar gastroenterology department and coordinator of the Alliance for the Prevention of CRC in Catalonia, Dr. Antoni Trilla. director of Clinical Quality and Safety at Hospital Clínic, and Ms. Dolores de Oya, chairwoman of the AECC in Barcelona. The exhibition will be open to the public on 21 and 22 April.
On 16 April, the Sala Farreras Valentí of Hospital Clínic, Barcelona was the venue for the presentation of the book “El negoci sanitari. Vint anys de gestió que van canviar l’Hospital Clínic (1983-2003)” by Joan Grau, the manager of the Clínic during this period. He led the team that carried out the physical and organizational transformation of the hospital to make it one of the best in Spain and a reference standard in European health care.