How to move to Costa del Sol from the UK

Costa del Sol is a perfect place for expats from the UK. There is excellent weather, a lively social scene, and a sandy coastline with numerous coastal towns.

Located in Southern Spain, Costa del Sol is a good place if you’re looking to migrate from the UK. Formerly, it was a fishing area for villages but the region has grown to become one of

Spain’s popular tourist destinations. Additionally, moving to Costa del Sol has become a popular trend among expats looking for work, or starting their business. If you move to Spain, you’ll find a large migrant community in this region.

If you’re interested in migrating to this region, keep reading this guide for more details.

 

Is Costa del Sol a Good Place to Live?

Yes, it’s one of the best places you should go if you’re looking for somewhere to settle as an expat. Considering the climate, the cost of living, the entertainment scene, and the property investment market, you’ll be making a good decision. However, remember moving to Costa del Sol requires you to have a visa. Therefore, you need to check the golden visa Spain requirements and in case you need to move this year, get a non lucrative visa Spain 2023.

 

Why Should You Move to Costa del-Sol?

Apart from the fact that life in Spain is fun and interesting, there are many other reasons why moving to Costa del Sol should be an option for you. Here are some of the reasons:

 

Cultural Diversity

Although this region is known for its good climate, there are many activities to enjoy. The district has an extensive history and a wide range of Roman and Islamic architecture. In addition, there are numerous churches and palaces which people go to visit. The best towns to get a taste of the culture are Malaga and Marbella.

 

Public Transportation

The region has seen so much investment and improvement in recent years, with an improvement of the rail linkages to other parts of Spain. Malaga has trains and buses that connect it to the other parts of Spain. The other coastal districts also have a good network of modern buses, which improve your experience as you move from one place to the other.

 

Entertainment

You will always find an event taking place in this region. If you are looking for something exciting, visit the towns of Seville and Cordova. The Sierra Nevada is also an excellent place to explore if you love outdoor activities such as skiing.

 

Daytime Activities

For shopping lovers, the city center is ideal for any type of products you might be looking for. Additionally, there are many commercial shopping centers along the coast. If you want designer boutiques, Marbella Town Hall is the best place to visit. You can also go to some of the popular shops and restaurants for a meal or some beverages.

 

Sports

If there is anything you’ll enjoy in Spain is the sports scene. Spain is known to be one of the most popular sports home countries. You get an opportunity to enjoy football, fishing, and golfing.

 

Property in Spain

Investing in real estate in this region will be worthwhile. For high-end property, look for property in Marbella, and Malaga while Antequera offers cheaper options. What’s more, if you’re moving to Costa del Sol and have no plans of buying a home, you should know that rental houses are inexpensive.

 

Can I Move to Costa del Sol?

Yes, anyone can move to this region. Millions of tourists visit the region yearly, and there are plenty of employment opportunities here. Many expats relocate to this Andalusia district to work or start businesses. There are many reasons why life in Spain is ideal for expats, so if you’re considering retiring to Spain, it might be the best decision.

 

How Many British Expats Live in Costa del Sol

Many expats prefer moving to Costa del Sol because it’s an ideal location for retiring people. There are a total of 60,000 British expats here. You’ll be pleased to learn that there are many English speaking people in the region. So it’s time to get a law firm like MySpainVisa to help you with the whole process of your retirement visa and enjoy retirement on the Costa del Sol.

 

Where do Most British Expats Live in Spain?

Living in Spain is a good idea especially after retiring. Many cities offer a great life for expats. The first city is Malaga, which is the capital and is home to the main airport. The living standards here are also excellent, and the public transport system is at its best, thanks to the high-speed train links. You can also live in other cities such as San Pedro, Marbella, Mijas, Estepona, Fuengirola, and Nerja.

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NHS Scotland spends £30m on private radiology firms



SCANS of NHS Scotland patients have been sent as far away as Australia for analysis by private companies amid a shortage of radiologists.

In total over 900,000 X-ray, MRI and CT scans have been sent to teleradiology or commercial imaging companies for analysis since 2018-19, at a cost of nearly £30 million to the NHS, according to figures released to the Scottish Conservatives under freedom of information.

In 2022/23 so far, at least 141,341 scans have already been sent to private companies.

In 2018/19, the yearly spend was £5,8m. In 2021/22, this had increased nearly 37 per cent to £7.96m.

READ MORE: Scotland’s radiologist shortfall set to hit 30 per cent by 2026 

Since 2018/19, NHS Borders has sent nearly one in five of its scans to TMC, a commercial imaging firm based in Barcelona and Australia, at a cost of nearly £468,000.

Analysis from the Royal College of Radiologists has found that Scotland’s NHS needs more than 100 additional consultant radiologists than it currently employs to meet demand, with the shortfall forecast to increase to 189 by 2026.

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “I’ve previously raised examples of Scottish patients being sent down south for NHS treatment because they can’t get it in Scotland.

“But we’ve now learned that half a million pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent sending thousands of vital medical scans abroad – some as far afield as Australia.

“Sending scans to private companies on another continent is not just expensive, it’s embarrassing.”

Speaking during FMQ’s, Mr Ross also challenged the First Minister over delayed discharge, which had reached the highest level on record by September when more than 1,800 hospital beds a day were being lost to patients well enough to leave.  

He said: “Patients are taking up beds in our hospitals at a cost of hundreds of millions of pounds when they should be able to leave, and at a time when our NHS can least afford it.

“But the problems are not confined to our hospitals. We’ve seen reports of a pensioner in Musselburgh who had to phone her GP 120 times before she got through.

“The pensioner said it was the first time in her life she felt she didn’t have proper medical care.

“Whether the First Minister wants to admit it or not, Scotland’s NHS is in crisis at every level.

“Patient scans are being sent abroad, waiting lists are at record levels, the situation at accident and emergency is the most critical it has ever been and delayed discharge is plaguing our hospitals worse than ever before.”

READ MORE: Winter flu toll on NHS ‘hard to predict’, warn experts 

Nicola Sturgeon said the NHS would always take steps to ensure the speediest diagnosis possible, and that despite Brexit and a global shortage of radiologists the percentage of consultants in Scotland has increased. 

Official NHS statistics show that the number of clinical radiologists has increased by headcount from 400 to 562 over the past decade, or by 42% whole-time equivalent once adjusting for part-time working.

“The service is under significant pressure,” said Ms Sturgeon, but the Scottish Government is investing more than £100m in care at home.

She added: “Despite these pressures though, the average bed days occupied by delay now is similar to the levels pre-Covid.”





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Edinburgh New Town hotel No. 53 Frederick Street sold by David Tweedie to Damien O’Looney

A Scottish city centre boutique hotel has been sold by its owner of 20 years to a private investor.

The No. 53 Frederick Street, a 14-bedroom hotel in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town, has been sold by David Tweedie to Damien O’Looney, an expanding private investor who recently bought a nearby property.

Gary Witham of business property adviser Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “We were delighted to get this deal over the line and demonstrate there is ongoing buyer demand for high quality lodging businesses with strong trading fundamentals in central Edinburgh, despite a challenging operating environment. This is especially true where there is the opportunity to grow room count.”

READ MORE: Hopes of end to Brexit under Braverman and Sunak stupidity look misplaced

Christie & Co said Mr Tweedie had “felt the time was right to hand over the reins to a small corporate operator or private investor to continue growing the business”.

READ MORE: Scottish hotel close to world-famous golf course sold by family owners

Mr O’Looney said: “With the holiday market returning towards pre-pandemic levels, we are looking forward to many busy seasons ahead, welcoming guests to our new city centre guest house, which nicely complements our existing guest house around the corner at 45 Queen Street.”

Winter flu toll on NHS ‘hard to predict’, warn experts


EXPERTS have warned that there is “a lot of uncertainty” over the impact of flu on the health service this winter.

Although the virus is widely expected to make a resurgence after virtually disappearing during the pandemic, signals from Australia suggest that the major strains in circulation may be less deadly compared to previous winters.

The vaccine is also believed to be a “good match”.

However, scientists also cautioned that waning immunity could result in a flu season “as bad as some of the previous bad years”.

ANALYSIS: What can Australia’s experience tell us about what to expect? 

Professor Sir Peter Horby, an expert in infectious diseases and director of the Pandemic Sciences Institute at Oxford University, said a lack of immunity due to prior exposure “means there may be slightly more transmission than usual and slightly more susceptibility to severe disease than usual”.

HeraldScotland: Professor Sir Peter HorbyProfessor Sir Peter Horby (Image: Oxford University)

He added: “There’s certainly a lot of uncertainty but there is a possibility that we could have a worse season in terms of overall numbers of cases and potentially admissions to hospital.

“It may not be worse than previous years but there’s the potential that it could be as bad as some of the previous bad years.”

It comes as the latest data for Scotland shows that the current incidence rate, based on laboratory-confirmed cases, is low but around three times higher than normal for the time of year.

HeraldScotland: Flu rates in Scotland are low, but significantly higher than average for the time of year. However, the increase appeared to level off at the end of OctoberFlu rates in Scotland are low, but significantly higher than average for the time of year. However, the increase appeared to level off at the end of October (Image: PHS)

HeraldScotland: The number of people admitted to hospital who tested positive for flu is much higher in 2022 compared to October 2021The number of people admitted to hospital who tested positive for flu is much higher in 2022 compared to October 2021 (Image: PHS)

The number of cases detected last week – 183 – had barely changed from 187 in the previous week, however.

The number of hospital patients testing positive for flu – 88 in the week ending October 23 – compares to fewer than 10 at the same time last year but is “lower than that for the five previous seasons prior to the Covid-19 pandemic”, according to Public Health Scotland.

READ MORE: NHS preparing for ‘significant excess deaths’ this winter 

In Australia, the influenza season took off much earlier than normal and peaked in June.

In total, its surveillance programme has reported 225,332 cases and 308 deaths since April, with a median age of 82.

However, the case-fatality ratio – the number of deaths reported for every known infection – is around half what it was in 2017, when 745 Australians died.

Scientists said it is unclear whether this indicates a milder virus, behavioural changes, or a lag in identifying flu’s impact – for example through excess mortality.

HeraldScotland: Australia experience record flu rates in May and June this year, but to total number of confirmed cases to date during 2022 is lower than it was in 2017 - Australia's record flu season by infection numbersAustralia experience record flu rates in May and June this year, but to total number of confirmed cases to date during 2022 is lower than it was in 2017 – Australia’s record flu season by infection numbers (Image: Australian Government)

Dr John McCauley, who was until the end of September this year the director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza at the Francis Crick Institute, said colleagues in Australia had described the 2022 flu season as “moderate”.

“Other indicators rather than just the numbers of cases were not particularly high,” he said.

HeraldScotland: Dr John McCauley Dr John McCauley (Image: Francis Crick Institute)

“The number of cases were higher. I don’t know if that was due to testing – it wasn’t over-testing, just more testing. But the number of deaths was low.

“Bear in mind though that counting excess deaths is not a trivial thing.

“It usually takes some months before you retrospectively work out how many winter deaths there were.”

Dr McCauley added: “The feeling was that the elderly were doing some voluntary isolation off the back of corona, so they weren’t really exposing themselves to the risk of infection so much.”

READ MORE: Something strange has happened to cancer during the pandemic – but it’s probably not what you expect

Prof Horby said the severity of any flu season is “very hard to predict”.

He said: “Obviously it’s the elderly who are at most risk of severe disease, and it may be that a smaller proportion [of elderly adults in Australia] were exposed than in previous years.

“It can also depend on levels of vaccine coverage, the match between the vaccine and the circulating strain, and how that strain relates to previous exposures.

“So it is very difficult to predict.”





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What does Australia’s flu experience mean for the NHS?


“The key thing to say is that flu really is back”, said Professor Sir Peter Horby.

The much trickier question is, how much will it matter?

One worst-case scenario created by modellers envisioned that up to half of NHS beds could be occupied this winter by patients with a respiratory infection if Covid and flu rates boomed.

Already, however, there are signs that the current Covid wave has peaked – surprising scientists.

HeraldScotland: The current wave of Covid has climbed more slowly and appears to be levelling off at a lower rate compared to previous waves, possibly due to immunity from vaccination and prior Omicron BA.5 infections (Source: Office for National Statistics)The current wave of Covid has climbed more slowly and appears to be levelling off at a lower rate compared to previous waves, possibly due to immunity from vaccination and prior Omicron BA.5 infections (Source: Office for National Statistics) (Image: ONS)

“I would have expected it to keep going up a bit,” said Prof Horby, though he added that it is “not impossible” that the UK could see a second winter Covid wave if the currently dominant BA.5 strain is overtaken by BQ.1 – a seemingly more transmissible offshoot currently gaining ground in Europe.

READ MORE: Experts warn that impact of flu on NHS this year ‘hard to predict’

There is also evidence that catching flu and Covid simultaneously can make people sicker.

On the other hand, flu vaccinations have been rolled out much earlier than usual this year. Already 76 per cent of over-65s have been jabbed, with most receiving a Covid booster at the same time.

When effective, flu vaccines roughly halve the risk of infection and severe illness. This year’s formula has been tweaked to defend against an H3N2 ‘Bangladesh’ strain and a newer H1N1swine flu derivative.

It appears to be a good match – though this can only really be gauged retrospectively.

In 2017, when Australia reported a record 233,453 cases and 745 deaths, the vaccine in use was subsequently deemed to have provided just 16% protection against hospitalisation.

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HeraldScotland: The peak in flu cases in Australia was higher in 2022 than 2017, but the peak in hospitalisations was higher in 2017The peak in flu cases in Australia was higher in 2022 than 2017, but the peak in hospitalisations was higher in 2017 (Image: Australian Government)

Nonetheless, the case-fatality ratio was “on the low end” compared to the five-year average, according to Australian authorities.

Given that this year’s figures – 308 deaths out of 225,332 confirmed cases – point to a case-fatality ratio that is less than half what it was in 2017, shouldn’t we be reassured?

READ MORE: NHS preparing for ‘significant excess deaths’ this winter 

Maybe. But not all flu deaths are counted; a more robust indicator is usually excess deaths.

Notably the winter of 2017/18 in Scotland saw the highest winter death toll this century – exceeding even the first winter with Covid.

The biggest problem for us now is that the NHS has no spare capacity left if admissions do surge.





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Scottish spin-out secures fresh funding for new heart surgery technology



Glasgow-based CardioPrecision has completed a fresh six-figure funding round to begin the roll-out of its technology for less invasive heart surgery.

The equity financing has been led by existing investors, with the main backers being London & Scottish Investment Partners, Discovery Investment Fund and Scottish Enterprise. Funding was also provided by InnoScot Health, which helps to commercialise new ideas emerging from the NHS in Scotland.

CardioPrecision was originally spun out of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in 2007. The new bridging round of equity investment will allow the company to begin distribution of its technology following the relaxation of international Covid restrictions.

Its single-use CoreVista retractor and accessories allow cardiothoracic surgery to be performed through a short incision in the skin crease of the neck, which allows faster recovery than from traditional methods. Its creators say the patented technology could potentially be applied to a wide range of cardiothoracic procedures.

READ MORE: Deal-making veteran turning his hand to NHS innovations

“We are grateful to all our investors for their continued confidence in the management team and the CoreVista technology,” chief executive Dr Ying Sutherland said. “The company is committed to delivering growth and increasing shareholder value.”

Previously known as Scottish Health Innovations (SHIL), InnoScot Health is funded primarily by the Scottish Government to help identify and develop healthcare innovations from the 155,000 professionals working across the NHS in Scotland. These range from relatively simple products such as RhinoPinch – a nasal clip to stop nose bleeds – up to the more complex end of spin-out companies.

“CardioPrecision has a platform technology for advancing cardiovascular solutions with the potential to significantly improve outcomes for patients,” InnoScot chief executive Graham Watson said.

“We are delighted to support the company and its management team as it pushes towards getting its lifesaving technology to market.”

Roshan Maini, chairman of CardioPrecision, added: “We are delighted to receive investment from InnoScot Health, which has a track record of supporting healthcare innovation.”





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BMA Scotland’s Lailah Peel on sexism in the NHS


Gender based discrimination should have no place in our health service or indeed society, yet sadly it remains far too prevalent.

In the NHS, sexism can often be a day to day occurrence – even with gender based assumptions about our role or qualifications.

Many will assume women are nurses and men are doctors regardless of how we introduce ourselves, and too often there is an assumed seniority attributed to men within our teams.

Too often female doctors have their clinical ability doubted or undervalued because of their gender.

Sexist behaviour like this still limits people’s career choices with some specialties feeling like ‘boy’s clubs’ and negative and outdated views about flexible working further limiting progression for all genders albeit in different ways.

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Gender stereotyping like this can have significant impact on individuals and more wide-reaching effects across our NHS.

Our survey on this issue, from August last year, shows many women see their gender as a barrier to career progression.

Over 65% of Scottish respondents feel that sexism has acted as a barrier to career progression, 38% feel they have had fewer opportunities in training than colleagues of a different gender and half believe that their career progression has been negatively impacted by their gender. 

We need to be able to move forward, to accept that gender doesn’t limit career options for anyone, and be able to support colleagues as acknowledging their individual circumstances, as we aim to do for our patients.

It is so very disappointing that even in this day and age we need to challenge the perception that being a doctor is a male role.

That’s why female doctors must be visibly represented throughout wider society and women’s voices and opinions within the medical profession not only listened to but valued equally. 

There must be a zero-tolerance approach to unwanted verbal and physical conduct, regardless of whether it is a colleague or a patient who behaves in that manner. 

There must be clear, consistent and visible guidance for doctors on what steps to take if they experience or witness sexist behaviour, ensuring that they are properly protected; it is only by talking and listening in a safe environment that we can encourage doctors to speak up and speak out, and take action so that sexism becomes a thing of the past.

Any kind of discrimination must be challenged, called out and addressed. 

Only by listening to the difficult messages on the ongoing reality of sexism, and really hearing them, can we take the opportunity to be better and to do better. 

If we are to properly eradicate gender inequality in the medical profession then a joined-up approach is needed, changing the culture that enables these types of behaviours by redesigning our structures and institutions.

We can only hope that shining a light on these poor behaviours will allow for a cultural shift to a more equal, diverse and inclusive NHS.

It is time to challenge the perception that certain specialties are only suitable for certain genders or require certain lifestyle choices. 

If sexism and other forms of bias aren’t adequately addressed and attitudes changed then there is no doubt we’ll be putting the future sustainability of the whole workforce at risk.

Dr Lailah Peel is a junior doctor and Deputy Chair of BMA Scotland 





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