This Tuesday, main newspapers in Portugal are reporting on a fraud scam involving ghost prescriptions which embezzled €50m from the National Health Service. Also making headlines is news of the decrease in the number of permanent teachers in public schools in the last three years.
«Schools lost more than 23,000 permanent teachers in three years», writes Público, after an increase in early retirements and the policies of former Minister of Education Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues between 2005 and 2009 brought about a drop in the number of permanent teachers, from 119,776 to 97,000 in the last three years.
Correio da Manhã
«20 doctors in €50m scam», discloses Correio da Manhã, after the Portuguese police discovered a scam involving several doctors and ghost prescriptions which embezzled money from the National Health Service.
Diário de Notícias
«Two doctors caught in €50m fraud with prescription drugs», reports Diário de Notícias, after the police arrested two doctors and another seven people involved in the scam. The doctors were accused of prescribing expensive drugs to patients who did not need them. Afterwards, some pharmacies simulated the sale of the drug, keeping the state’s contribution, or sold the same medicines which were reintroduced in the market or even exported.
Jornal de Notícias
«€50m stolen in National Health Service», writes Jornal de Notícias, also reporting on the prescription drug scam led by a team of doctors at a public health centre, which saw the arrest of ten people. The newspaper reports that the scam even caused a shortage of some of the prescription drugs in the market.
«Fracture in Socialist Party», discloses i, as first-line MPs from the main opposition party defend, along with members of left-wing Left Bloc and the Communists, an immediate rupture with the bailout memorandum.
«Tax authorities to charge public transport fines», writes financial daily Diário Económico, revealing how the tax authorities are to start coercively charging fines handed out to people who were caught without a ticket on public transport services, and they will also have the power to seize their assets if they fail to pay.
Jornal de Negócios
«Without additional austerity, deficit will rise above 5.5%», reveals financial newspaper Jornal de Negócios, according to the newspaper’s calculations, which indicate that without additional austerity measures, the 4.5% deficit target imposed by the so-called troika will be impossible to reach.
«Portugal is indignant», writes A Bola, after the nomination of referee Cüneyt Çakir for the Spain-Portugal match in the semi-final of the UEFA Euro 2012. According to the newspaper, many members of the Portuguese entourage expressed their discomfort with the nomination, since there is known to be a close relationship between the president of UEFA’s Arbitration Committee, the Spaniard Ángel Villar, and its vice-president, the Turk Senes Erzik.
«Everyone believes in the final», reports Record, quoting Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, who said that “this could be Portugal’s year”.
«I want to discuss a place», writes O Jogo, quoting Bulgarian player Valeri Bojinov currently playing for Sporting, who allegedly asked the club’s manager Sá Pinto for a chance to stay in the team.