GPs, outpatient specialists and dentists around the country held a symbolic nationwide protest on Tuesday against inadequate financing and excessive bureaucracy that is driving many of them out of business. They warned that the symbolic protest would be followed by a one day strike if the government fails to pay heed.
The association of Czech GPs wants its members to close their surgeries on
Wednesday next week in protest at what it regards as insufficient funding
and excessive bureaucracy. The call was made by the head of the doctors’
organisation, Petr Šonka, at one of a number of demonstrations held around
the country on Tuesday.
Mr. Šonka said his association’s members were prepared to close their doors to the public repeatedly if their demands were not met.
However, the Ministry of Health says there is no money available to boost funding for GPs next year. A representative said its priority was to support Czech hospitals in a bid to stop them losing staff.
Karina Movsesjan, a high school student from the Czech Republic, received one of the first three prizes in the EU Contest for Young Scientists established by the European Commission. Karina won the award for her research project “The role of RAD51 mutations in cancer development” for which she has already picked up prizes in the Czech Republic and the United States.
The Czech Republic has been judged the world’s unhealthiest country by
Clinic Compare, a UK clinic comparison website. It collated information
from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook and the World
Lung Association and ranked each state according to three factors: alcohol
consumption, tobacco consumption and obesity levels.
The study’s authors said residents of the Czech Republic consumed an average of 13.7 litres of pure alcohol annually and ranked 11th highest in per capita cigarettes smoked a year. Russia came second in the survey, followed by Slovenia, Belarus and Slovakia.
The Czech Republic will lack around 800 medical specialists in 2020, the
Union of Private Practitioners warned at a press conference on Wednesday.
According to data provided by the Institute of Health Information and
Statistics, the number of doctors will drop by 1200 within the next three
The union of Private Practitioners says the main reasons behind the outflow of doctors are lack of finances and increasing bureaucracy. Smaller towns and villages are most likely to be affected by the lack of specialists.
Medicinal cannabis from a Czech supplier could be available in pharmacies in the first half of 2018, the State Institute for Drug Control told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. A gram of cannabis will be sold for about 165 crowns. At the moment, patients can only buy cannabis imported from the Netherlands, which costs around 300 crowns per gram. The drug will be provided by Czech company Elkoplast Slušovice, which has won a public tender for a license to grow and provide medicinal marihuana to pharmacies.