Five hospitals have closed services due to health cuts (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The suspension of health services and the closure of hospitals is not uncommon in the summer when there is a reduced demand for care, however, this year, the situation has lasted longer than usual and at least five hospitals have closed floors, cut jobs and services and shut down operating rooms long after August. The CCOO union have blamed this break on the economic crisis and the adverse financial situation of the Generalitat, which has forced hospital managers to tighten their budgets. The Hospital Arnau de Vilanova de Lleida has closed six beds in their intensive care unit and as many in their kidney unit. The Sant Camil de Sant Pere de Ribes have left unused 13 beds in the cardiology and in the Clínica Plató de Barcelona has closed 20 beds in surgery. The Clínica del Remei has unused floors and the Sant Bernabé de Berga has closed as a whole. Sources at the hospital Plató have noted that the restructuring of their beds was "scheduled before the austerity plan" because hospital stays are shorter now and no centre admits that these actions aren't to do with any cuts in funding. However, Carmen Navarro, secretary of the CCOO federation of health said "They are closing plants, reducing staff and are also increasing waiting lists. I noticed that this has lead to a degradation of public health system." María Carmen Sabaté, president of the Asociación de Usuarios de la Sanidad en Cataluña said, "The way to optimise resources is not to close services, but by controlling spending and finding out if that control is ideal.
Cemeteries of Barcelona opened yesterday the garden of the Mediterranean (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). An area of 3,800m2 where families can spread the ashes of loved ones and hold burial urns. The objective of this initiative is "an outlet for the growing demand for creamtion" said Jordi Valmaña director of Cemeteries of Barcelona. According to data from 2009, 40 percent of people are cremated in Barcelona. This is the second garden of its kind to open in the city, the Aromes garden was inaugurated a year and a half ago. The project is part of the rehabilitation of cemeteries programme, initiated in 2006, which includes the restoration of buildings, the construction of 24 graves and new paving. In the cemetery of Sant Andreu has opened a customer service office and in all cemeteries items in poor condition have been repaired and areas have been landscape.
Roads around the Sagrada Família will have traffic cut for 40 hours during the Pope's visit (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). More than 6,000 residents in the Sagrada Família area will have to follow exactly the instructions sent by the City Council to avoid problems of mobility during the week preceding the visit of the Pope, especially during the weekend of the 6th and 7th November. The affected area will run from Calle Valencia, Corsica, Sicily and Lepant, pius all of the avenida de Gaudí. Within this area, traffic will be cut at 2pm on Saturday afternoon until 6pm on Monday. With the exception of Calle Mallorca and Lepant, which will be opened again at midnight on Sunday. Movement of residents will also be restricted from midnight on Sunday to 7am - expect for people invited to the dedication. The ayuntamiento have yet to explain how residents are to prove they live in the area but some sources are claiming that ID cards or driving licenses will have to be checked. Movements against the Pope's visit have called for a rally to show their rejection and have published leaflets and stickers. The Atheists of Catalunya will also be visible in their opposition and have chartered a bus.