Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch has dismissed the director of Na Bulovce
hospital, one of nine people facing prosecution for having allegedly
conspired to manipulate public contracts to Prague hospitals.
Among the accused is the director of Na Františku hospital, who resigned of his own accord earlier this week. Minister Vojtěch said in a statement on Wednesday he intends to review all supply contracts to public hospitals and revise contracts which the health ministry itself manages directly.
Nine people have been detained on suspicion of manipulating contracts for
two Prague hospitals, Na Františku and Na Bulovce, the ctk news agency
Among those charged are the head of the Na Františku hospital Robert Zelenák, and influential north Bohemian entrepreneur Tomáš Horáček.
The anti-corruption police have been conducting raids on dozens of homes and medical institutions and old age home in Central Bohemia in connection with the case.
Czech police seized more marihuana last year than ever before. According to
the annual report of the Anti-Drug Centre released on Wednesday,
authorities confiscated 1.1 tonnes of the plant and uncovered 305
plantations, both of which are historical records.
The police also seized more than 93 kilos of pervitin and closed 264 make-shift labs where the methamphetamine was being cooked. After marihuana, pervitin is the most widespread drug in the Czech Republic. It is regularly smuggled into neighbouring Germany and Austria, but also as far as Scandinavia.
The State Institute for Drug Control says that medicinal marihuana grown on
the domestic market should be available in pharmacies by the end of June.
Its price should be 149 crowns per gram without VAT.
Presently pharmacies can only offer imported marihuana, which is several times more expensive. Around 880,000 patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS are believed to use medicinal marihuana in the Czech Republic.
However patients complain that the doze prescribed per month is insufficient for their needs and that medicinal marihuana in pharmacies is twice as expensive as that sold on the black market.
Thousands of people joined the annual Avon walk to end breast cancer
through the centre of Prague on Saturday. The charity fundraising walk aims
to raise awareness of the need for prevention and provide more information
to patients and family members.
It is supported by a number of Czech celebrities, among them singers Tonya Graves and Debbi, and actresses Iva Pazderková, Vanda Hybnerová and Hana Holišová. In its 18th year, the walk has raised 110 million crowns to date.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or
party drugs, according to a report by the European Centre for Drugs and
Thirty-seven percent of Czechs in the 15 to 16 age bracket said they smoked ‘pot,’ at least once, which is the highest figure in that age group across Europe.
In the 15 to 34 age group, 19.4 percent of Czechs said they had smoked marihuana at least once in the past 12 months, which ranked them third behind Italian and French respondents in the same age category.
Czechs also ranked high as regards the use of the party drug Ecstasy.
The number of non-smokers in the Czech Republic rose by 3.5 percent between
2016 and 2017, according to new data released on Thursday. Last year 24
percent of respondents in an annual survey conducted by the State Health
Institute said that they were smokers.
The latest figures were released on the first anniversary of the introduction of a ban on smoking in Czech bars and restaurants.
The acting health minister, Adam Vojtěch, said the prohibition was influencing the number of smokers in view of the fact that young people were the biggest smokers and many of them begin the habit in bars and nightclubs.
It’s almost a year to the day since the Czech Republic finally moved to ban smoking in bars, cafes, and restaurants. And while the ban is still a live issue with sporadic attempts to change the law, a survey commissioned by Charles University shows support is still strong among Czechs and suggests that there are a lot of myths about its impact.
A tough smoking ban in pubs and restaurants, which went into force a year
ago, is supported by 71 percent of Czechs, according to the results of a
poll carried out by the Ipsos polling agency in cooperation with Charles
University. Twelve percent of respondents were vehemently against the ban.
Over 1,000 people were surveyed.
Surveys suggest that around a quarter of Czechs still smoke. The Constitutional Court recently rejected a complaint against the smoking ban on the grounds that it restricted the rights of individuals and entrepreneurs. A recent move to soften the ban in Parliament also failed.
Over 140 singers, bands and theater ensembles are performing at the Mezi
Ploty, or Between Fences, cultural festival at Prague's Bohnice
psychiatric hospital this weekend.
Mezi Ploty is an annual open-air event held with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of mental illness, alcoholism and drug addiction. Over the past quarter of a century the festival has grown year by year and now attracts thousands of visitors.
This year's performers traditionally include Tomáš Klus, Lenka Dusilová and Vojtěch Dyk. Among the theatre ensembles taking part are actors from the Bolek Polívka Theatre, Theatre in Dlouhá street and Studio Ypsilon.