The Prosecutor’s Office has requested a sentence of two and a half years in prison for the former mayor of the Madrid town of Majadahonda for the Popular Party, Narciso de Foxá, for granting in 2008 a license to put into operation the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in this municipality to despite the center’s shortcomings in fire protection. The Public Ministry also asks to convict two former councilors of the municipality: Carlos Pérez González and Carmen Menéndez.
The Community of Madrid will have to pay 30 million for the ‘ghost beds’ of the Puerta de Hierro hospital
The Puerta de Hierro University Hospital was inaugurated in September 2008. One of the many hospital centers built in the Madrid region by the executive of Esperanza Aguirre in those years and which, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, began operating that year without the required legal license . The sanitary part was publicly managed, but its construction and operation corresponded to a concessionaire, the “Sociedad Concesionaria Hospital Majadahonda SA” formed, among others, by Sacyr and an ACS group company with different levels of participation.
To put the hospital into operation, a major building license was required, which he obtained from the Majariego council, but he did not have the first occupation license. Municipal inspections revealed 66 deficiencies, most of them related to fire protection. The hospital continued with its activity despite the requirements and four years after the king and queen accompanied Esperanza Aguirre at the inauguration, the Majadahonda City Council itself informed its department of urban planning and legal services.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the council chose not to do anything. Neither the town planning councilors nor the mayor. He also worked without a license to open a qualified activity during his first seven years of life. Meanwhile, none of the accused of the municipal corporation adopted “any type of action or measure aimed at the protection or restoration of the infringed urban legality, or sanction” despite the fact that it was their function and they knew that the hospital worked without two licenses mandatory.
This is not the only judicial front open against the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Majadahonda. A court in Madrid is investigating whether there was a crime in the decision to reduce the number of beds available in the center before its inauguration. A case in which the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has tried, without success, for Esperanza Aguirre herself to be charged for having supposedly made the decision.
This second matter has resulted in a loss of 30 million euros for the Community of Madrid. Last January, a court sentenced the regional administration to pay that amount to the concessionaire company for those 135 beds that never existed.