Programme supporting public oncology
With the understanding that health is a fundamental right and that public health care is one of the basic pillars of our welfare state, since 2015 the Amancio Ortega Foundation has been developing a programme to provide support to upgrade technological equipment in public hospitals, specifically in the area of cancer diagnosis and radiation therapy. The programme began in Galicia and Andalusia in October 2015 and May 2016 respectively. In the first months of 2017, it was extended to the rest of the autonomous communities. Each one of the health ministries chose the specific equipment to be purchased according to their own strategic plans regarding modernisation and technological updates and the equipment was purchased following public administration procedures. With an overall budget of over 300 million euros, this intervention by the Amancio Ortega Foundation will allow 300 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment to be installed that are the best on the market.
The incorporation of these new devices such as digital mammography devices with tomosynthesis and advanced linear accelerators directly affects the quality of life of public health care users since they result in more precise diagnoses and provide patients with more effective treatments that are shorter and less aggressive. In addition to all the autonomous communities in Spain, in 2017 the Amancio Ortega Foundation signed a similar agreement with Ingesa, the public body under the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality which is responsible for health care services in Ceuta and Melilla. The agreement also includes equipment for the National Centre of Dosimetry, an institution responsible for ensuring the safety of public health care professionals exposed to radiation.