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Review of sanctions regime

The government intends to bring about harsher punishments for owners of nursing homes operating illegally. The announcement by the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Security followed the recent closure of a nursing home in Setúbal which appeared in a documentary on television channel TVi. The home represented an “imminent danger to its residents, who were left to starve, were cold and over-medicated”.

Minister Pedro Mota admitted that the sanctions regime covering these cases hadn’t been reviewed in 15 years.