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Ángel Miramontes Carballada
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Xeografía e Historia
Vol 29 No 3 (2020), Articles, pages 1-21
Submitted: 24-08-2020 Accepted: 19-11-2020 Published: 08-12-2020
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The creation or transfer of a service always has a series of territorial repercussions. However, if, in addition, the service is a chemist’s that, to do business, must meet a series of conditions (the number of inhabitants and distances among others,) the territorial consequences may be several. The purpose of this work is to show how the voluntary transfer of a chemist’s would affect the municipality of A Estrada (Pontevedra). The territorial repercussion would influence the demographic, social, economic and mobility characteristics of the population in this area in the interior of Galicia. The basic service of distributing medicine to the population would also be affected. To achieve this objective, exhaustive fieldwork was carried out along with an analysis of all available territorial information on the actions to be carried out, considering planning and territorial development in the municipality. One of the conclusions reached was to verify how the boundaries or borders that are sometimes created by the administration are not always the most efficient in relation to the characteristics of the territory, nor do they provide the best service to the population (educational, health or pharmaceutical). 

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