After having managed to reach its best marks in this national ranking in 2018, independent of public management itself, the situation in most hospitals in the Canary Islands has worsened, as perceived from this rating. The exception is in the Hospital Universitario Insular Materno Infantil de Gran Canaria (Chuimi), which made a niche in this list of the 100 best hospitals in Spain for the first time in 2019 and whose ranking improved last year, when it reached the position 77.
The Health Reputation Monitor is an independent study that analyzes the reputation of the entire Spanish healthcare system – some 200 public hospitals – and through which the actors of all healthcare systems have been evaluated based on three evaluations: the one carried out by professionals optional; the one carried out by managers, laboratory directors, nurses, heads of hospital pharmacies, patient associations and journalists, and the third based on the analysis of more than 180 objective indicators of 2,280 clinical services.
El Negrín improves his situation somewhat and climbs ten steps, to 46th place on the list
Despite the fluctuation in numbers, the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, in Tenerife, continues to be the center with the best reputation in the Canary Islands, ranking 39 out of 100 in all of Spain. It is followed – as is customary – by the Dr. Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria, which improves its situation somewhat and climbs ten steps to 46th position. El Chuimi, for its part, climbed 14 positions and was placed 77th. HUC was once again among the top 100, specifically in position 90, after having been forced to leave the list of best hospitals in Spain during the previous year.
The HUC, in free fall
In these few years, the most important fall is the one suffered by the Hospital Universitario de Canarias (HUC), which has fallen from position 49 in 2018 to the end of the list in 2020, holding position 90. It thus becomes the Hospital center with the worst recognition in the entire Canary Islands, even behind the Insular, which until less than three years ago was considered the hospital with the worst reputation in the Islands. It should be noted that the HUC in 2017 was considered the second best hospital in the Canary Islands, behind Hospital Dr. Negrín, and at that time it held 69th place. The situation of the HUC is the least favorable of all because it has not only dropped positions in the ranking but has also experienced the most dramatic drop.
And, for example, the Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria University Hospital, which has also suffered a decline in the last three years, despite this decline, continues to be the hospital center with the best reputation in the entire Canary Islands. In fact, it has been for the past three years. In 2018 it was ranked 28, went to 37 in 2019 and moderated the decline in 2020, when it dropped to 39.
Gran Canaria improves
Regarding the hospitals of Gran Canaria, both have experienced a recovery in the last year 2020, although it is more pronounced for the Maternal-Infant. While the Dr. Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria joined the general decline experienced by all hospitals in 2019, descending to 56th place, in the year of the pandemic it managed to reappear and improve its indicators, climbing to 46th place of the 100 best hospitals in Spain. Regarding the Hospital Universitario Insular Materno Infantil de Gran Canaria, the improvement is the most palpable. This center was not included in the ranking in 2018 and in 2019 it was ranked 91. In 2020 it improved that ranking by fourteen places and grew to 77, even imbued in one of the worst health crises of the last hundred years .
La Candelaria Hospital continues to be the best in the entire Canary Islands, despite falling in the ‘ranking’
The fall in the hospital reputation in Tenerife worries the union forces, who consider that it has to do with different working conditions between workers in Tenerife and those in Gran Canaria. In fact, for the general secretary of the UGT, Francisco Bautista, the fall of the HUC is a reflection of “the mismanagement carried out by the new manager.” The unionist criticizes the decisions that have been made during the last two years, aggravated by the pandemic, in the hospital center and points directly to the senior management as responsible for the hospital center having lost its level of previous years. José Alonso Rodríguez Tapia, Secretary General of CCOO, for his part, insists that this situation has been motivated by the “lack of inaction and resources” with which the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) has been endowed. “If we are now thinking of stabilizing 14,000 people, it is because something is not right,” insists Rodríguez Tapia, who emphasizes that in the Canary Islands “we have the lowest staff-to-population ratios in Spain.” In any case, Rodríguez Tapia is optimistic about the future scenario and points out that possibly in the ranking of next year these falls will be saved. “If we remove the PEOs and reverse the temporary nature of the 4,000 eventuals, we can get up the ranking,” he insists.