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Your Algarve News Highlights - June 10th 2023

Your Algarve News Highlights - June 10th 2023

Dear Reader,

 

Happy Dia de Portugal!


Here is your weekly news overview…

Faro Hospital: two surgeons suspended for “strong indications of malpractice”

Two surgeons at Faro hospital have been suspended for six months, following the allegations of bad practices made in April by an internal doctor, Diana Pereira.

 

A complaint filed in April by the internal physician, Diana Pereira, states “11 cases that occurred between January and March”, at the Faro hospital of “error/negligence” in the surgery service.

 

According to Diana Pereira, of the 11 cases she reported, three patients died, two were hospitalised at the time in intermediate care. The rest had bodily injuries associated with alleged medical errors.

 

Chairman of the Order of Physicians (Ordem dos Médicos), Carlos Cortes, explained the reason why the two surgeons were suspended "obviously, for the safety of patients". It is also to allow the disciplinary board to continue to carry out the internal analysis of the various cases that, at the time, were denounced.

 

At the same time, the OM have created an independent commission, composed of five surgeons. That commission is “analyzing in a more in-depth way, from a technical-scientific point of view, all these cases”, said the president.

 

“As soon as they have all this information compiled, they will send it to the disciplinary board so that it can assess it more thoroughly and, where appropriate, apply the appropriate sanctions”, he explained.

 

Carlos Cortes “congratulated the excellent work carried out” by the Disciplinary Council of the Southern Region. Cortes considers that he demonstrated “great rigor and unprecedented speed” in these situations.

 

"The disciplinary board, autonomously and independently, will continue, I believe, to analyze these processes and then it will give more indications about the conclusions of this same process", he said.

 

At the time the complaints were made, the Health Regulatory Entity (ERS) and the General Inspection of Health Activities (IGAS) announced that they would investigate the alleged negligence in the surgery service of the hospital in Faro to “complete clarification” of the situation .

 

These denunciations also led the Public Prosecutor's Office to initiate an investigation, which is taking place in the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DIAP) in Faro.

 

 

Portugal is to have its first desalination plant, in Albufeira

Mainland Portugal will have its first desalination plant, with proposed construction in Albufeira. The opening of the tender should take place by the end of the year, with the plant supected to be in action by 2026.

 

In an announcement today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Duarte Cordeiro explained that there is also another desalination plant in the Alentejo planned, “we have also programmed another desalination plant for the Alentejo coast, in response to the growing needs that we will feel in the industrial sectors and tourism”.

 

The Albufeira plant will be the first in mainland Portugal, but the first desalination plant was in Porto Santo, Madeira, opened in 1980 and managed by Águas e Residuos da Madeira (ARM). It is the only source of drinking water used for the public supply of the island, which is produced from sea water through reverse osmosis desalination units.

 

AMAL (Algarve Intermunicipal Community) welcomes the choice of Albufeira for a new desalination plant, which could produce a third of the urban water needs in the southern region.

 

“It is the step we had been waiting for”, said AMAL's President, António Miguel Pina.

 

“According to the studies carried out by Águas de Portugal and which will be delivered for the environmental impact assessment, the place where we are going to propose the installation of the desalination plant is the municipality of Albufeira”, said the minister at the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon, during a debate over the water.

 

António Miguel Pina, who is also mayor of Olhão, made an analogy with the insurance sector to underline that “in periods of prolonged drought, as we are now witnessing, we will have greater insurance” with the construction of the desalination plant.

 

The socialist mayor underlined the “very big job” done by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) and the company that carried out the environmental impact study that made it possible to decide on the location of the future water production unit from salt water.

 

"Now what is expected is that the execution project is quickly reached and that, as the minister said, the work is put out to tender quickly", added António Miguel Pina.

 

According to studies carried out, the cost of water produced in this way is around 10 euro cents per cubic metre.

 

 

Bales of hashish found floating in the Armona, Olhão

Portuguese authorities have arrested two men on a boat off the coast of the Algarve, suspected of drug trafficking in an operation in which 700 kilos of hashish were also seized.

 

Investigations began following a rescue mission of the crew of “a vessel sailing on the Algarve coast” by the National Maritime Authority, where bales of hashish were found floating in the vicinity.

 

Once the vessel was located and the “physical integrity of the crew” was guaranteed, the AMN identified “evidence of a relationship with drug trafficking activity” by the resuced crew members, and immediately contacted the Judicial Police.

 

On further investgation, police discovered and seized 20 bales of hashish, with a total weight of approximately 700 kilos.

 

The semi-rigid vessel of national registration in recreational boating, navigation equipment and other instruments associated with drug trafficking were also seized.

 

 

Member of the Moto Convívio de Olhão killed in collision on the EN125

A 40 year old man, Mário Mendonça, died early on Monday evening, in a motorcycle accident on the EN125 towards Faro-Olhão. He was a member of “Moto Convívio de Olhão".

 

The club said in a statement, “Moto Convívio is in mourning, the club members are in solidarity with the family and particularly with the couple's two younger children, as no one expected what happened.”

 

Nuno Botelho, president of “Moto Convívio de Olhão”, mentioned that the couple had been partners for about 4 years. He also revealed that last weekend, the couple attended the club's annual meeting, which takes place in early June.

 

The emergency alert was given around 19:50 on Monday evening after the motorcyclist collided with a car.  The doctor from the Medical Emergency and Resuscitation Vehicle (VMER) declared the mans death at the scene. The driver of the car, a 40 year old woman, was taken to Faro Hospital with minor injuries.

 

 

Finnish man fined €121,000 for speeding!!

Motorist, Anders Wiklöf, was fined €121,000 for speeding at the weekend, driving at 82km per hour where the maximum limit was 50km.

 

The offence took place in an autonomous region of Finland in the Baltic Sea, the Åland Islands, where fines are calculated based on the offender's income.

 

Wiklöf reportedly told the main newspaper of the region that he is "very sorry about what happened."

 

In addition to the fine, the driver's license was also suspended for a period of 10 days by the police.

 

This isn't the first time Anders Wiklöf has been caught speeding by authorities. In 2013 he received a fine of €95,000 and in 2018, he received a fine of €63,000.

 

The man, originally from Åland, is chairman of a holding company that includes companies in the logistics, helicopter services, real estate, trade and tourism sectors.

 

 

New Pingo Doce store opens in Vilamoura, creating 70 jobs

Pingo Doce has just opened its first store in Vilamoura, allowing the creation of 70 new jobs.

 

The new store provides a more sustainable shopping experience, through reusable eco mesh bags and trolleys. Customers can also take their own packaging and boxes to use in the Charcuterie or Take Away, for example.

 

As part of Pingo Doce's social responsibility policy, the Vilamoura store will support the local community by donating food to social solidarity institutions.

 

The 1200 m2 store benefits from plenty of natural light,  and has food at the center of the shopping experience of those who visit.  The Comida Fresca restaurant at the entrance to the store has free-service cafeteria and bakery, with hot bread baked throughout the day and a wide variety of fresh products, including modern Butchery and Fishmonger sections, and digital screens with product information.

 

With 100 seats, the restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, prepared in a traditional way and with the freshest ingredients, to eat on the spot, order or take home with all the convenience. From more traditional dishes, such as duck rice or fritters to roast chicken and vegetarian options, the restaurant has daily menus with options for all tastes.

 

Pingo Doce de Vilamoura, located in Lot 6.I. B/3, Estrada de Albufeira, in Quarteira, and has a car park with 112 spaces.

 

 

Hit and run in Vila Nova de Cacela injures 80 year old woman

A collision between two vehicles on the EN125 this morning caused an 80 year old woman to be run over, with the car then fleeing the scene.

 

The collision happened in Vila Nova de Cacela, just before 9am this morning, causing traffic in both directions on that section of the EN125 to be closed.

 

The 80 year old woman was seriously injured and transported to the Basic Emergency Service of Vila Real de Santo António. The accident also caused two other victims to be injured, whose health status is so far unknown, but they are thought to be only slightly injured.

 

A total of 16 emergency crew, including members of the Vila Real de Santo António Fire Brigade, the National Institute of Medical Emergencies (INEM) and the GNR, attended the accident.

 

OTHER NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

More news next week!

 

Ed

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