URGENT REMINDER – Healthcare and social services meeting for British Residents in the Canary islands

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British residents in the Canary Islands urged to register for healthcare and social services for future peace of mind

URGENT! Don’t forget the dates of the meetings. These are important:

Lanzarote: Tuesday 24th February @ 11.00hrs
Sala Fondeadero, La Tiñosa, Puerto del Carmen

Fuerteventura: Tuesday 24th Feb @ 17.30hrs
Hotel Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Caleta de Fuste

Tenerife: Wednesday 25th February 2015 @ 18.30hrs
Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Avenida Juan Carlos I, Los Cristianos

Gran Canaria: Thursday 26th February @ 16.30hrs
Centro Socio Cultural de Mayores, Calle Santa Brigida s/n, San Fernando, Playa del Inglés

British Consulate and Spain Healthcare Team to host
four free information events this month

Some 45,000 British nationals are believed to live in the Canary Islands but only 32,000* are registered with their local authorities. That means one in three Brits risk missing out on basic social services when in future they need it most.

So the British Consulates in Las Palmas and Tenerife, and the Healthcare Team in Spain that represents the UK’s Department of Health, are joining forces with local town halls to tell residents about the importance and benefits of registering for healthcare and other public services.

Discover why you should register on the ‘padrón’

Between 24th and 26th February the joint team will host four free information events in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, where British residents can find out why it is worthwhile registering on the ‘padrón’, get answers to their questions on healthcare and what services the British Consulates offer, and raise any other concerns they may have.

Find out about the new healthcare option for early retirees

The Healthcare Team will also provide information about the new “convenio especial”, a special pay-in public health insurance scheme in the Canary Islands for those not otherwise covered for state-run healthcare, such as early retirees. They will also explain how to register for healthcare in general and how to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are a worker or a pensioner.

The British Consul for the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin, says:

“Our consular staff all too often see British citizens who are in desperate need of assistance because they have failed to appreciate how important it is to register correctly for healthcare and other social services when living overseas.

“Whether registered or not, I urge all British residents to come to these free information sessions where local consular staff and healthcare representatives will provide reliable, up-to-date information on a wide range of issues.”

Admission to all events is free and there is no need to register in advance.

The venues, dates & times are:

Lanzarote: Tuesday 24th February @ 11.00hrs
Sala Fondeadero, La Tiñosa, Puerto del Carmen

Fuerteventura: Tuesday 24th Feb @ 17.30hrs
Hotel Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Caleta de Fuste

Tenerife: Wednesday 25th February 2015 @ 18.30hrs
Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Avenida Juan Carlos I, Los Cristianos

Gran Canaria: Thursday 26th February @ 16.30hrs
Centro Socio Cultural de Mayores, Calle Santa Brigida s/n, San Fernando, Playa del Inglés

The full programme and latest news on the events will be published on the Event Page on the British Embassy’s Brits Living in Spain Facebook page.

More information on many key aspects of living in Spain can also be found at www.gov.uk/living-in-spain

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A suspected drug trafficker from Liverpool has been captured in Amsterdam after being on the run for 12 years.

Scott Coleman, aged 40, from Walton, who was arrested as part of a Police Scotland investigation in February 2003, was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin but failed to appear for trial at Edinburgh Crown Court and fled to Spain.

Coleman was detained by officers from Amsterdam Police last week on George Gershwinplein in the Stadium area. They were able to confirm his identity as a result of joint working with the National Crime Agency.

He is due to appear in court next Monday when extradition proceedings will begin.

Coleman is the 65th fugitive to be located out of 76 publicised through Operation Captura – the multi-agency initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and the Spanish authorities.

Hank Cole, Head of International Operations for the NCA, said: “We know Coleman was in Spain for a while but like many fugitives he wrongly believed he could evade capture by moving around.

“There is no safe haven for fugitives. The NCA will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners across the world to pursue these individuals and return them to the UK to face justice.”

Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, said: “The arrest of Scott Coleman is pleasing for two reasons. Firstly, he has been on the Operation Captura list since 2008, so his arrest is welcome news. And secondly, his arrest takes the success rate of the campaign to over 85%.

“This figure cannot be underestimated. We are talking about individuals accused or convicted of serious crimes, and it gives me great pleasure to see another one removed from our streets, thanks to the work of Crimestoppers, law enforcement, and the public.”

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