Suitable care for people with dementia and seniors in general is lacking,
Ombudsman Anna Šabatová said in a press release on Wednesday.
Meals served in hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes were lacking nutrition, and patients and clients lacked sufficient privacy. In some cases, the level of hygiene was also problematic, the Ombudsman said.
As for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, social services and retirement homes were often ill-equipped to meet their needs. Ms Šabatová said she had also encountered cases where patients likely were administered sedatives to prevent them from moving.
The Ombudsman said her assessment was based in part on her own visits to 149 facilities for seniors and 18 hospitals for long-term patients over more than a decade.
The 2019 reSite conference, focusing on urbanism and the rethinking of public space, gets underway in Prague on Thursday. Over the course of the next two days, the event will be hosting dozens of guests from all around the world, including leading architects and urban planners. The main theme of the eighth edition of reSite is ‘Regenerate’.
The defence ministers of the Visegrad Four countries were holding talks in
Ostrava on Thursday, within the framework of the annual NATO days. It is
their first session under the Czech Republic’s presidency of the V4
The heads of defence of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary are discussing common defence policy and development, mutual support in cross-border military missions, as well as working towards a unified approach within NATO and the EU.
NATO Days are being held this weekend at the Ostrava military airport, presenting military equipment to the public. Last year, 220,000 people attend the event.
Czech car-maker Škoda Auto on Wednesday launched serial production of its
first plug-in hybrid, Škoda Superb iV.
The company invested some 12 million euros to prepare the Kvasiny plant for the specific requirements of manufacturing its first electrified production model.
The market launch of the Škoda Superb iV, which combines a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, is set for the beginning of 2020.
The Czech branch of the NGO Social Watch, an international anti-poverty
advocacy group, has criticized the Czech Republic for cheap labour, gender
pay gaps and inequality in access to education.
In its annual report for 2019 released on Wednesday, the group also
criticizes the Czech government for not adopting any measures to reduce the
effects of climate change.
According to the report, the Czech Republic is lacking long-term strategies to solve these problems and any improvement of the situation would be due to external influences rather than by the Czechs’ efforts.
The decision to halt an investigation into suspected fraud by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and members of his family is legally binding, since no one has lodged a complaint against it, a spokesman for the Prague State Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday. However, it may still be reversed by the country’s Supreme State Attorney, Pavel Zeman, who has three months to make a decision. The anti-government protest movement A Million Moments for Democracy on Wednesday urged the Prague State Attorney’s Office to make public the full text of the decision. According to its leader Mikuláš Minář, the movement still insists on Mr Babiš’s resignation. Another public protest against the government is due to take place at Prague’s Letná plain on November 16.
Czechs’ financial literacy has slightly improved on the previous year,
according to an annual survey commissioned by the Czech Banking
Association. According to the index, Czechs picked up 57 points out of a
The survey also suggests that the number of Czechs who are saving for rainy days has increased. However, one third of respondents couldn’t survive on their savings for more than three months and one in five would run out of funds in a month.
Czech citizen Karel Šroubek, who is serving a six-year punishment in New
Zealand for drug smuggling has been denied parole, the Czech News Agency
reported on Wednesday, quoting the New Zealand Herald.
According to the authorities, Mr Šroubek poses a high risk of reoffending
due to his association with criminals in the Czech Republic and with the
Hells Angels in New Zealand.
Mr Šroubek is wanted in his home country in connection with a murder committed in 2003. He will be deported once his six-year prison sentence on drug charges, which was handed in 2016, comes to an end.
The American C-5 Super Galaxy transport aircraft landed at Mošnov Airfield
near Ostrava on Wednesday morning. The giant airplane will be one of the
highlights at the upcoming NATO Days and Czech Airforce Days military show,
which is to take place at the site on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s edition of the event, which is one of the largest military air shows in Europe, will commemorate 70 years since the foundation of the North Atlantic Alliance and 20 years since the Czech Republic’s accession to NATO. Last year it was attended by around 220,000 people.
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