The greatest problem the Czech health system is currently facing is a lack of nurses, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch and President Miloš Zeman agreed after a meeting on Sunday at the president’s Lány residency. Laying out his plans for 2019, the health minister said he wanted to increase shift rewards for nurses by CZK 5,000. Both men also agreed on the necessity of digitising the health sector. CZK 320 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Health in 2019, CZK 23 billion more than last year.
A lack of certain medicines is impacting patients and doctors in the Czech
Republic, Czech Television reported. In response the Ministry of Health
aims to introduce stiff financial penalties for pharmaceutical suppliers
who make deliveries two or more days late.
However, the Pharmacy Chamber says such measures would be unnecessary. Its leaders argue that it would be sufficient to bar the export of specific drugs from the Czech Republic more frequently.
At present there is a shortage of the heart medicine Digoxin, though it is expected to appear in Czech pharmacies next week after the distributor decided to import it from Slovakia. Standard supplies will resume at the start of February.
This time of year, everyone is naturally taking stock of 2018 – the highs and lows of the past year – and what may lie ahead. Meanwhile, in Brussels, the EU’s direct initiative to identify, debunk and counter Russia’s disinformation campaign has come out with a list entitled “What did not happen in 2018?”
The government is likely to reject a proposal from a group of MPs from six
parties to further legalise marihuana, the Czech news agency ČTK reports,
citing the draft agenda of Monday’s cabinet meeting.
The debate in part is about making medical marihuana more readily available. The opposition Pirate Party is leading the initiative to change current legislation on growing, processing and possessing cannabis for one’s own needs.
Currently, adults are allowed to grow up to five marihuana plants at home for their own consumption. Under the proposal, adults could also have up to 1.25 kilograms of marihuana at home and up to 30 grams on their person.
It would also be legal for adults to give – but not sell – 30 grams outside of their home to another adult. The government argues it would be absurd to legalise the free transfer of marihuana but criminalise any offer to procure or sell it.
According to ČTK, the Ministry of Justice has recommended that the government take a neutral stance on the draft while the interior and health ministries, and the government office, gave negative opinions on it.
The Czech State Health Department says those groups seen as particularly
susceptible to hepatitis C infection should be checked. The call comes
after the department announced 865 new cases of the disease this year,
making it one of the worst periods in the past 10 years.
Intravenous drug users are seen as the group most at risk, making up around two thirds of those recently infected.
The number of newly registered HIV cases in the Czech Republic has
evidently fallen slightly, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. While last
year 254 new cases of HIV were recorded, the number for the first 10 months
of this year was 178.
Experts say the decline can most likely be attributed to the introduction of new medicines to treat HIV some years ago.
Gay men account for two-thirds of newly discovered cases of HIV in the Czech Republic and their number has fallen year-on-year. By contrast, the number of heterosexuals found to have the disease has increased by a quarter.
A quarter of hospitals in the Czech Republic last year posted a loss of
more than 160 billion crowns, according to a report released by the
Institute of Health Information and Statistics. The assets of the 137
medical facilities in question amounted to over 14 billion crowns, while
their liabilities stood at 17.7 billion.
The overall costs of Czech hospitals in 2017 amounted to 160.5 billion crowns, which is a nine percent increase on the previous year.
The Ministry of Health is currently working on introducing a new system of financing medical care in hospitals, which should come into effect in 2020.
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