• ICO's oncologist, Doctor Joaquim Bosch (by ACN)

    Catalans abroad get access to health services in Catalonia

    Catalans living abroad will have access to medical care through a new medical card whenever they travel home. Such was the agreement reached this Monday between Catalonia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, the Health Department, the Department for Labour and Social Affairs, and the Department for Culture. This new medical card will be valid for two months and could be extended with proper justification. Those eligible for the card must apply for it and then activate it while in Catalonia, either by calling 061 or going to their corresponding health clinic. The agreement will also allow Catalans living abroad to access services related to the culture and youth services. Catalonia’s Minister for Health, Toni Comín, explained that this agreement covers what the law for universal access to health care will guarantee once it is passed by the Parliament.

Society & Science

A medical team during surgery in Vall d'Hebron (by ACN)

23.09.16 - 17:29

Vall d’Hebron Hospital opens new surgical ward with cutting-edge technology

The surgical facilities at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona were created in the 50’s. Now, half of a century later, the hospital has launched a new surgical ward for highly complex surgery. It has 10,000 square metres and 19 operating...
Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, 30 kilometres Northfrom Barcleona (by ACN)

13.09.16 - 18:22

First confirmed infantile death from enterovirus in Catalonia

The first fatal victim of enterovirus has been confirmed this Tuesday in Catalonia. The victim was a baby who had been admitted to Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, suffering from flu and vomiting followed by...

Ophthalmologist Joaquim Barraquer with the Government representative Joan Rangel in a picture from 2010 (by ACN)

26.08.16 - 16:24

Ophthalmologist Joaquim Barraquer dies at 89

He was the director of the prestigious ophthalmologist clinic Barraquer in Barcelona, founded in 1947 by his father and world-renowned doctor Ignasi Barraquer. Joaquim Barraquer was Professor of Eye Surgery at the Universitat Autònoma de...
Police officer addressing the passengers inside a train (by ACN)

04.08.16 - 18:18

Spanish and French police join forces in an effort to patrol High-Speed Trains

The terrorist attacks in Paris in November last year unleashed a wave of police checks throughout the continent, especially along the French border near Girona. It is suspected that criminals have given up using cars to transport illegal goods...

The sociologist, economist and political advisor Jeremy Rifkin with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (by ACN)

22.09.16 - 19:30

Catalonia has the potential to lead the Third Industrial Revolution, says American economist Rifkin

Catalonia has the “cultural capital” and the “knowledge” to promote a new model of production, more sustainable than the “obsolete” one. This is the main conclusion of a lecture given at the conference “A new Economic Paradigm for a...
High level robotics machinery at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron Hospital (by ACN)

08.09.16 - 19:47

Catalan high-tech exports grow by 19.4%

Catalan exports of high-technology industrial products grew by 19.4% in the second trimester of the year in comparison to the same period in 2015. In total, these exports were worth €8 billion, according to a report published by the...

Artist's impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri (by ESO)

25.08.16 - 12:05

International team led by Catalan scientist discovers an Earth-like planet

Proxima b orbits within what is considered to be a habitable zone of the star Proxima Centauri. The temperature on the surface of the rocky planet could allow the presence of liquid water, according to the research, developed at the Queen Mary...
Secretary for Public Health, Joan Guix, explains the case of the first baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly together with Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron Hospital's doctors (by ACN)

25.07.16 - 18:55

First baby with Zika-linked microcephaly in Europe born in Catalonia

Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital has seen the first birth in Europe of a baby with Zika-linked microcephaly. The new-born was born this Monday with a “low” cranial perimeter and has been hospitalised in a...

Government's Secretary for Universities and Research, Arcadi Navarro (by ACN)

14.09.16 - 18:57

Catalonia aims to host the largest higher education meeting in Europe in 2020

The Catalan Secretary of Universities and Research, Arcadi Navarro, and the President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), Laura Howard, have a meeting next Friday September the...

Students from Germany with their own single-seater car in Montmeló (by L.Busquets)

29.08.16 - 11:22

Engineering students compete in Montmeló with their own single-seater race car

Up to 1,750 students from all around the world worked throughout the year on the design and construction of single-seater racing cars that performed on the famous Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday. Formula Student Spain was held in Montmeló to allow...
A boat of refugees about the reach the Greek coast (by Doctors Without Borders)

05.08.16 - 14:31

Catalan volunteers to bring dignity to Vasilika refugee camp in Greece

Two months after the Greek Police evicted the self-managed refugee camp at Eko Station, which hosted 1,800 people at a motorway petrol station 20 kilometres south of Idomeni, a group of Catalan volunteers aim to...

A firefighter extinguishing part of the wildfire which the village of Vallbona de les Monges, this Wednesday (by ACN)

20.07.16 - 16:04

86 wildfires hit Catalonia simultaneously

The Catalan government has set the maximum alert level for forest fires’ risk in 30 regions, most of them in central Catalonia, due to the high temperatures registered in the last few days, which exceeded 40 degrees in some areas. On...

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