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Doctors Without Borders appeals for help as Ebola crisis escalates

11-09-2014 16:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Health workers, attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, photo: CTK The NGO Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders this week denounced international inaction in Ebola-stricken African countries, saying developed states must deploy specialized medical assets without delay if the situation is to be brought under control. Doctors Without Borders Czech Republic sent an open letter to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka outlining several priority areas. I spoke to the organization’s director Pavel Gruber about what is needed.  More

Ombudsman issues sobering report on ad-hoc procedures at Czech “drunk tanks”

09-09-2014 15:05 | Jan Richter

Anna Šabatová, photo: Šárka Ševčíková The Czech ombudsman has criticized the country’s system of “drunk tanks” where people under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be taken to sober up. The ombudsman says clients are often treated unnecessarily harshly at these stations which are underfinanced, and have poorly trained staff. The Czech Health Ministry however says new legislation should help fix most of the issues.  More

Czech Medical Chamber wants doctors to have greater freedom when it comes to problem patients

09-09-2014 15:05 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Khalil Baalbaki Anyone wishing to change doctors in the Czech Republic can do so with relative ease; the opposite, however, is not true for doctors. Doctors with ‘problem’ patients, who routinely ignore therapy or display obvious mistrust, are stuck. The Czech Medical Chamber wants that changed: for medical professionals to be able to refuse patients who refuse to help themselves.  More

Five-year-old British cancer patient Ashya King to undergo proton beam therapy in Prague

08-09-2014 15:52 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Proton Therapy Center Cancer specialists at Prague’s Motol hospital have given the go-ahead for British cancer patient Ashya King to receive what may be life-saving treatment at Prague’s Proton Therapy Centre. The five-year- old, whose case has made world headlines, was discharged from a hospital in Malaga, Spain, on Monday morning and transported to Prague on a specially prepared private jet.  More

Proton centre official hoping little Ashya will not become part of media circus in Prague

04-09-2014 15:17 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Proton Therapy Center Five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King could soon receive proton beam radiation treatment in Prague. The boy has been the centre of media attention in the UK after his parents removed him from a hospital in England in a bid to get better treatment; they were arrested in Spain but have subsequently been released. Now all eyes are on Prague’s Proton Therapy Centre, where Ashya could be admitted in the not too distant future. I discussed the latest situation surrounding his treatment with the institution’s director of strategy Iva Taťounová.  More

Health minister reacts to suspected mercy killing, ruling out any legalization of euthanasia

25-08-2014 14:53 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Barbora Kmentová Murder charges filed against a nurse suspected of aiding the death of a terminally-ill patient at a hospital in Rumburk, has refocused attention on the issues of euthanasia, palliative health care, and controls in the health sector. On Sunday, the health minister pushed for improvements in the latter, while making clear he was in not in favour of euthanasia under any circumstances.  More

Government prepares legislation to assist excluded social groups

06-08-2014 15:32 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Jos van Galen / freeimages The Czech government has formally begun preparing new legislation, which will assist socially disadvantaged groups in finding employment in Czech businesses and public institutions. Presently, employers seeking to add handicapped or homeless staff to their ranks do so without a precise legal framework.  More

Czech Radio: increasing number of parents opposed to ‘hexa vaccine’

04-08-2014 16:26 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek The hexa vaccine, a simultaneous vaccination for children targeting six serious diseases including whooping cough and Hepatitis B, has been administered in the Czech Republic for seven years. But increasingly, Czech Radio’s Radiožurnál reports, groups of parents are coming out against, for fear of “overburdening” their child’s immune system or of serious side effects.  More

MPs vote to raise cigarette prices in order to meet EU directive

30-07-2014 16:17 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Kristýna Maková The price of cigarettes in the Czech Republic is due to rise by up to four crowns for a pack of 20. Wednesday’s approval of the price hike in the lower house followed a fall in the value of the crown that left the Czech Republic in contravention of a new EU guideline on excise duty.  More

Ministry presents strategy to improve Czech public health

23-07-2014 15:20 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Health Ministry on Wednesday presented a national strategy to improve public health, which has in some respects deteriorated over the past decades. The document entitled Health 2020 addresses 16 areas, from lack of physical exercise to better institutional health care.  More


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