Back from the Flu… and the smoking debate again…

I’ve just returned to reality after 10 days living in the land of flu, which served to remind me of one important thing: how great Spain’s public health system is. You feel ill, you call the doctors in the morning, they see you that same day, for free, and prescribe you medicine that you only have to pay a tiny percentage of.

OK, so that’s the same all over most of Europe, but I just wanted to point out again how fast and efficient the whole process was. Can’t say the same for the flu unfortunately. It was slow, and annoying.

Back to another of my favourite gripes (I think that might have been a bilingual pun!), Being pregnant is a fag in Spain is the title of an interesting article in today’s Telegraph, in which Michaela Rossi can’t believe the attitude to smoking and pregnancy/kids in Spain. It’s a good read, and seems totally accurate.

Fortunately for Michaela and other parents (like ourselves) who don’t like mixing kids and smoke, the health minister, Trinidad Jim茅nez, has been out this morning promising once more that there will absolutely be a full smoking ban in closed public spaces, including restaurants and bars, in 2010.

Let’s hope it’s early 2010! And in the mean time, Melissa, don’t forget downstairs in Casa Mingo.

7 thoughts on “Back from the Flu… and the smoking debate again…

  1. Frank

    “You feel ill, you call the doctors in the morning, they see you that same day, for free, and prescribe you medicine that you only have to pay a tiny percentage of.”
    That certainly happens in my neck of the woods in UK, you phone up in the morning, and see the doctor of your choice that day. Everything, all the different clinics, minor operations, pharmacy, optician etc all under the same roof. And living in Wales, all medicines have been free for quite some time! 馃槈

  2. david villa

    GOOD NEWS FOR ALL

    El Ministerio de Sanidad y Pol铆tica Social prohibir谩 fumar en espacios p煤blicos cerrados, locales de ocio y restaurantes en 2010, anunci贸 este lunes la ministra del ramo, Trinidad Jim茅nez, que destac贸 que existe un “grado de consenso bastante amplio”.

    En declaraciones a Rac1 recogidas por Europa Press, Jim茅nez dijo que “el problema no es que se fume en lugares p煤blicos, sino en lugares p煤blicos cerrados”, y en este sentido descart贸 prohibir fumar en terrazas y plazas de toros.

    La ministra constat贸 que las “conversaciones est谩n muy avanzadas” y la posici贸n es bastante mayoritaria en el seno del conjunto de grupos pol铆ticos.

    “En la medida en que consigamos consenso pol铆tico, conseguiremos consenso social”, dijo, y asegur贸 que la decisi贸n “es muy fundada”, puesto que est谩 basada en la “protecci贸n de la salud”. “Estamos culturalmente preparados para adoptarlo ya, y estamos en esa fase final de la negociaci贸n”, remarc贸.

  3. Victor

    Good to hear you’re back from the flu! And regarding the smoking ban: I hope it’s not early 2010 but early january 2010 because I hate smokers in bars and restaurants! It’s just absurd that you cannot go out for a coffee and come back home without a horrible smell and as if you had smoked!

  4. Gary

    Wow – almost had a fit… when I read the title I actually thought Ben had ‘gone back to smoking’ now that he was over the flu!!!

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