The mayors of Famalicão, Santo Tirso and Trofa sat yesterday at the table with the administration and those responsible for the maternity, gynaecology and obstetrics of the Médio Ave Hospital Centre (CHMA) to exchange views on the operation of the maternity of Famalicão, which is guaranteed the permanence of this hospital service.
In the meeting, which took place in a restaurant unit in Famalicão, the person in charge of the Hospital Centre, António Barbosa, thanked the commitment of the local authorities in the fight for the permanence of the Maternity in Famalicão, which he considered "very important" for the outcome that came to be. The local mayors thanked those in charge of the hospital "for their commitment and work in favour of a public service of exemplary quality".
Meanwhile, the mayors reaffirmed their availability and commitment to accompany the maternity hospital of Famalicão in its qualitative growth.
"We are talking about an essential equipment for the region, which develops a work of recognized quality, a public service structuring for the present and future of our municipalities", said the mayor of Famalicão, Mário Passos.
It should be recalled that the closure of the maternity ward of the Médio Ave Hospital Centre was one of the possibilities put forward by the study of the Commission for Monitoring Response to Gynecology/Obstetrics Emergencies, a possibility however discarded by the Executive Director of the National Health Service.
CHMA is inserted in a region of great economic and social strength and vitality, serving around 250 thousand inhabitants. The administration is based in Santo Tirso, managing the Conde de São Bento Hospital in Santo Tirso and the S. João de Deus Hospital in Famalicão. In 2022, the Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave registered 1175 births, a 17% increase compared to 2021.
The three mayors, who have developed a concerted action in defence of the maternity hospital's maintenance, which allowed them to gain political strength and make the central power aware of the mistake that would be the closure of the maternity hospital of Famalicão, reinforce their satisfaction with the decision and reaffirm their commitment "to contribute to maintain and raise the quality of services provided at the Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave".