Medical students go on strike
They oppose the transfer of students between Albacete and Toledo
The Delegation of Students of the Faculty of Medicine of Albacete calls a strike this Wednesday, January 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a concentration at the entrance of the institution to express their refusal to transfer to Toledo.
The students allege that continuing their medical studies in Toledo is a door that opens for the next academic year without sufficient information in this regard. They also explain that in exchange for the transfer, the financial support of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is little. They also underline that in the regional capital there is a lack of infrastructure both for studying and for living near the new university hospital.
Medical students enrolled in Albacete also warn of the poor communication between the two cities, without forgetting “the helplessness of not having their own deanery and depending on Albacete from another city.”
The University Hospital of Toledo will be incorporated in the 2023/2024 academic year to teach the degree of Medicine. It will be from the third year on in clinical subjects. Thus, from the 2021/2022 academic year, students, when they enroll in Medicine, can choose four itineraries based on their access grade and their preferences.
Between Albacete, Ciudad Real and Toledo
Thus, students can study the entire degree in Albacete (90 places) or in Ciudad Real (60 places). As well as studying the first two years in those cities and from the third year onwards at the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Toledo (Albacete-Toledo 35 places or Ciudad Real-Toledo 15 places).
Concern among teachers
Thus, a percentage of the students who have entered the Albacete and Ciudad Real faculties of Medicine this year will have to finish their training, starting in the 2023-2024 academic year, at the new Toledo University Hospital. This transfer of students, from Albacete and Ciudad Real to Toledo, worries the teachers, who fear for their students.
The faculty is concerned because the ghost of a third faculty is once again rising, which is even opposed by the Deans’ Conference. And also because the teachers fear that the students cannot face the situation of finishing 118 and 246 kilometers from Albacete and Ciudad Real.
The University explains in a document published in June that “since the implementation of Medicine studies in Albacete and, later, in Ciudad Real, there has been a desire to take advantage of Toledo’s healthcare resources. This path began in the 2016-2107 academic year, with the teaching of part of the sixth-year rotary at the Virgen de la Salud Hospital and at the National Hospital for Paraplegics. The imminent transfer of the Hospital Virgen de la Salud to the new facilities of the Hospital Universitario de Toledo makes it necessary to optimize healthcare resources for teaching”.