Spanish Congress approves first step toward a euthanasia law

Right-wing parties are accusing the coalition government of wanting to save on pension payments and healthcare costs through a “social engineering project”

Euthanasia in Spain

Spanish police investigate online purchases of euthanasia drug from US

Some seriously ill patients who managed to get hold of pentobarbital are now part of an international probe into the sale of a sedative that can be lethal in high doses


Opioid overdoses cause more than 1,000 deaths a year in Spain

According to a first-of-its-kind study, the number of fatalities related to the drug has increased more than 50% in seven years


Pharmaceutical error in southern Spain leaves 17 babies with “werewolf syndrome”

According to the Health Ministry, the company accidentally sold a vasodilator for hair loss as omeprazole, a common drug used to treat heartburn and acid reflux


British tourist may be first listeriosis case outside Spain: Health Ministry

The man is thought to have consumed the ‘carne mechada’ at the center of the current outbreak while in Andalusia before traveling to France, where he was hospitalized


Tests reveal listeria in three products from Seville food company Magrudis

The bacteria have also been located on the production line used to make La Mechá foods, thought to be the origin of the current outbreak of listeriosis, the worst Spain has ever seen


Spain issues international health alert over listeriosis outbreak in Seville

One woman has died so far from the bacterial infection, with 150 more confirmed cases and 529 pending confirmation. The source was meat from a firm in the southern province


Listeria, the stealthy pathogen that kills 70 people a year in Spain

The country ranks third in the EU for reported cases of listeriosis, which is caused by a common bacteria that withstands freezing temperatures and oxygen starvation


Spanish doctor suspended for claiming vaccines cause autism

The Madrid Medical Association has barred Isabel Bellostas from practicing for 364 days after she promoted this theory, which has been repeatedly disproved by scientific studies


World leader in dialysis treatments bribed public hospital doctors in Spain

Germany-based Fresenius agrees to pay $231 million settlement in the US to avoid prosecution over corrupt practices in 17 countries


Spanish health authorities crack down on opioid abuse

Studies have detected excessive prescriptions of immediate-release fentanyl, a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine


Euthanasia debate reignites in Spain after man arrested for helping his wife die

María José Carrasco suffered from multiple sclerosis for 30 years and had reached the terminal stage of the disease


UK investigates cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea linked to Ibiza

Two women who traveled to the Balearic Island, or had unprotected sex with men who had been there, failed to respond to the standard treatment


Surgery waiting times in Spain: 93 days, slightly down from 2017

Madrid, Basque Country and La Rioja have the shortest delays, while the Canaries, Catalonia and Murcia have the longest


Spain moves to ban pseudo-therapies from universities and health centers

Government says they “negatively affect health by perpetuating illnesses, causing others, or even increasing the risk of death”


Church abuse victim: “He would talk with my parents, then come up to my room and touch me”

Manuel Vilar Herrero recounts the assaults he suffered as a child at the hands of a priest who was “worshiped” by his mother and father. The following testimony is one of several making up an EL PAÍS series exposing decades of offenses by the clergy


Spanish health authorities issue warning to tourists about painkiller

Following reports of UK and Irish citizens dying after being prescribed Nolotil in Spain, agency says visitors should not take it as they cannot be monitored for adverse effects


Spanish Congress to debate euthanasia bill

The government wants to make it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives but faces opposition from conservatives


Hundreds of Spanish scientists ask for action against pseudoscience “that kills”

More than 400 people have signed an open letter triggered by the case of a cancer patient who died after refusing regular medical treatment


Two Spaniards treated for rabies after separate bat bites during summer

The victims, a 59-year-old woman in Valladolid and a 19-year-old man in Huelva, are in good health after having immediately sought medical attention


Prosecutors request order in probe of ex-Barça player’s liver transplant

Eric Abidal’s cousin could be subjected to a medical examination to prove he was the donor amid allegations the organ was illegally purchased


How sick tourists in Barcelona are being scammed on their hospital stays

A third-party company is doubling and even tripling the hospital bills of foreigners in the Catalan capital

catalan bid for independence

Ballot boxes: Catalonia’s best-kept secret

Thousands of people in region coordinated activities to ensure equipment got to polling stations


The Spanish mayor who wasted no time feathering his nest

Andreu Martí accumulated €2.3 million in bribes in Catalan town of l’Ametlla de Mar during 12-year tenure

Radical Islam

Belgium asked Spain if imam behind Barcelona attacks linked to terrorism

Abdelbaki Es Satty spent time in Vilvoorde, a center for Jihadism in Europe


Why is Irish drug trafficker Christy Kinahan still at liberty on the Costa del Sol?

Case against gang leader tied up in red tape and delays after six years


Irish gang war claims 10th victim with killing of innocent man in Mallorca

Police say father of three gunned down in holiday resort was case of mistaken identity