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Madeira public bus information
From Paul: Dear readers thanks for the guidance on Madeira public bus information online and in books!
‘Funchal Music Fest – Live 2012’: 17-19 August, 2012
The Music Fest last Summer 2011 in Funchal was a great succes with 16,000 attending. Headliners included the British band ‘James’. Portuguese acts in 2011 included David Fonseca.
link to Diario Newspaper article: http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/diario/301147/5-sentidos/301193-funchal-music-fest-de-17-a-19-de-agosto
From Paul: Many thanks Peter. I work full-time and short of time often! appreciate contributions such as this on fast moving, developing stories.
From Peter in the comments section.
Payment to chemists problem
“The Order of Doctors in Madeira admits public health problem…The president of the regional section of the Madeira from the Medical Association admitted today that the suspension in the reimbursement of medicines, implemented from 00.00 at pharmacies in the archipelago, can become a public health problem.
“This will become a public health problem, we have decompensated chronic illnesses, especially diabetes, hypertension, and people with lack of medicines for the treatment of neoplastic diseases,” said Henrietta Reynolds.
The National Association of Pharmacies (ANF) left today to ensure dispensing medications to credit due to failure of the Regional Government’s plan debt payments to pharmacies, worth 77 million euros.
“Our reaction is of great concern to patients in the Autonomous Region of Madeira,” said Henrietta Reynolds, considering “regrettable” situation and believing that is before “the effective insolvency of the Region.”
For the president of the regional section of the Medical Association of Madeira, “the central government must take action.”
“This is inconceivable in a region that is part of a whole nation. What we can do is ask for government intervention, that someone is trying to get ahead,” he said, expressing displeasure over the issue and hope that will soon be exceeded.
At the beginning of last week, the NPA said in a statement that it would no longer guarantee the credit dispensing medications from today.
“Pharmacies waited until the limit of its possibilities. They held that they were made today [Friday] that would allow a payment plan to resume the settlement of the debt in eight years,” referring to the statement, stressing that “this payment was not made nor was any explanation given. ”
ANF, which regrets the situation and hopes that the executive Madeira resume the payment plan, also said that from today the beneficiaries must apply directly to the Regional Government “to share in the price of drugs so far was soon discounted by pharmacies at the time of purchase. ”
In December, the NPA also took place after the executive led by Alberto Joao Jardim has ceased to fulfill the plan, but retreated after the security of their implementation.
The Government made a commitment to stabilize the two million euro for November and, while continuing to ensure the minimum monthly payment of four million euros, has not occurred, prompting the decision, which does not affect people who have other health subsystems.
link to recent Diario article on the problem: http://www.dnoticias.pt/actualidade/madeira/301297-divida-as-farmacias-cresceu-porque-se-deu-prioridade-as-obras-publias
Madeiran singer Sílvia Silva in ‘A Voz de Portugal’ TV contest
Sílvia Silva is one of the contestants in ‘A Voz de Portugal’. The young 24 year old Madeiran is in the Paulo Gonzo Team.