A Czech military plane brought five injured Libyans to Prague for treatment on Monday night. All are in need of surgery which overcrowded hospitals in their homeland are unable to provide. An appeal from Libya for European countries to help treat their wounded has led to the Czech government extending its Medevac aid programme for children to adults with serious medical problems.
The 29 Czech military doctors who were sent as reinforcements to hospitals in neighbouring Slovakia on Saturday are returning to the Czech Republic, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. The Slovak government has meanwhile settled a labour dispute with some 1200 doctors who walked out over low salaries and the situation in the healthcare system is returning to normal. The 29 Czech specialists were deployed in hospitals in Bratislava, Nitra, Žilina and Ružomberok.
The Association of Dialysis Centres has warned that health care reforms will cause certain facilities to go bankrupt next near and others to limit their number of patients. The cuts, it says, will mean serious economic problems for the centres, which in turn will have a negative impact on contractors, employees and renters and destabilise the entire system. The Health Ministry, however, insists on the reduction, arguing that dialysis is one of the areas that have been given preferential treatment in the past. The ministry plans to increase funding for hospitals alone next year, with other sectors having to wait until 2013.
The state prosecutor is seeking sentences of up to 11 years imprisonment for repeat offenders charged with selling marijuana. Lawyers in the case gave their closing speeches in the District Court of Liberec on Monday, with the prosecution petitioning for the high sentence because the drug had been sold on a large scale, over a space of years, and had reached minors. Two of the men are moreover repeat offenders, convicted 14 and 8 times, respectively. A part of the group, aged 20 to 34, confessed to crime and was offered four years’ imprisonment.
Since Saturday, a group of Czech military doctors have been helping out in hospitals in neighbouring Slovakia where hundreds of doctors walked out over low wages. Last Wednesday the resignations of 1,200 doctors (of an overall 7,000) came into force, leaving four of the country’s hospitals in critical condition and another sixteen in jeopardy. Even though the Slovak government has now agreed to meet doctors’ demands, the Czech team is staying on until conditions return to normal.
Insulation panels that could release asbestos are in at least 293 schools, the Czech School Inspectorate reports. The city hall in České Budějovice closed three primary schools in a housing estate this week after health workers discovered the presence of asbestos. The number comes from a questionnaire sent to 8,500 schools, asking whether the panels were used in the their construction and whether recent renovations have taken place that could have disturbed the panels. The result is preliminary and an analysis will be carried out next week.
The Czech government has agreed to send 30 military medical specialists to Slovakia, where doctors are quitting en masse in a labour dispute over low salaries. The reinforcements will reportedly include 11 surgeons, 10 anaesthesiologists, and a number of traumatologists, X-ray specialists and others. The Czech Press Agency reports that the costs of the assistance will be split between Prague and Bratislava. As of Wednesday, 1,200 of Slovakia’s 7,000 doctors had resigned, leaving four of the country’s hospitals in critical condition and another 16 in jeopardy.
A government expert group is adding finishing touches to new draft legislation proposing the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. While still banning patients from growing medical cannabis on their own, the amended legislation allows importing as well as the cultivation of medical hemp by local private companies under strict state supervision. The committee, whose existence was prompted by a petition initiated earlier this year by doctors, researchers and patients and is supported by the chairwoman of the lower house of Parliament, is
The Czech military is able to send a maximum of 30 doctors to Slovakia, Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra and Health Minister Leoš Heger agreed on Thursday. The Czech Republic will send military doctors to the neighbouring country to step in temporarily for their colleagues if the Slovak government asks for help. Slovak doctors are quitting en masse in a labour dispute over low salaries; two months ago over a thousand of them handed in their notices which have just expired.
The Slovak government has asked Czech doctors to temporarily step in for their Slovak colleagues who are quitting en masse in a labour dispute over low salaries, a spokesman for the Czech Health Ministry said on Wednesday. 2,000 out of 7,000 Slovak doctors handed in their notices that will expire on December 1. Czech Health Minister Leoš Heger said he would inform Czech hospital doctors of the offer; however, most experts are sceptical about a potential influx of Czech doctors to Slovakia. For his part, the head of the Czech doctors’ labour union, Martin Engel, said he would ask medics to ignore the appeal so as not to break their Slovak colleagues’ protest.
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