The Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health will build a bunker next to the La Fe de València hospital, an infrastructure of great technical complexity necessary to be able to put into operation, once one of the donated proton therapy equipment is received by the Ministry of Health by the Amancio Ortega Foundation.
Sources from the department headed by Miguel Mínguez have informed elDiario.es that at the end of this month or the beginning of next, the joint tender for both the construction project and the execution of the works will be approved, which will involve an investment of 20 million euros.
Proton therapy significantly reduces unnecessary treatments in healthy tissues, which is especially beneficial when treating childhood cancer, and it is also an effective alternative for tumors in which conventional radiotherapy is not effective and surgery is not an option.
The Ministry of Health put out to tender last March the purchase of ten machines for proton therapy treatments in the National Health System for 271 million euros, including the equipment that will be installed in the La Fe de València hospital. Thus, the ministry buys the equipment, but later the amount will be donated by the Amancio Ortega Foundation, according to the agreement signed in October of last year.
The aforementioned agreement established a period of four years for the start-up of the equipment, so they must be installed before October 2025.
This plan includes several training, pre-implementation, start-up and improvement phases, including rotations in reference centers to ensure maximum clinical use of the units from the outset.
The machines will go, in addition to the La Fe reference hospital in the Valencian Community, to public centers in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Galicia, Madrid and the Basque Country.