A large fire at a recycling site in the seaside resort of Jūrmala cast a pall over the summer skyline over the weekend.
After the Latvian health sector’s reform, patients not making social security contributions (paying labor taxes) will only be entitled to family physicians’ services, emergency care and treatment of some specific conditions, information released by the Health Ministry suggests.
The Latvian Family Practitioners Association has announced strike action starting July 3, the head of the association Sarmīte Veide told LSM.
The Latvian Health Ministry will propose two kinds of health insurance - an emergency medical services basket and a full medical services basked, said Health Minister Anda Caksa on June 1.
There was further evidence of discord among officials with regards to healthcare May 29 with family physicians threatening strike action and government figures bickering over what reforms were needed, when, and how much they should cost.
The government and social partners agreed today to work out a timetable by June 1 that would provide for raising health care funding to 4% of GDP by 2020.
Botched management-level decisions and inactivity have worsened the finances of the Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital - the largest hospital in Latvia. The Health Ministry knew about the goings-on but did nothing, says a State Audit Office report published April 11.
The Latvian Health Ministry proposes dividing hospitals into four levels and changing the way the cooperate.
A new journalistic collaboration looks at problems with mental health care in Latvia. A lack of databases recording the whereabouts and histories of people with serious mental health issues poses a potential threat to the public, as several cases already show.
The leading health workers' union has withdrawn an imminent threat of industrial action, signalling that it is hopeful of progress in talks with the government over funding for the health sector.
Latvian Health and Social Care Workers' Trade Union is considering staging new protests over low levels of healthcare spending, the union's head Valdis Keris told the LETA newswire Thursday.
Latvia's Health Minister Anda Čakša has sacked Normunds Štāls, a board member of the Stradiņš University Hospital, over delays in the project for building a hospital wing, reported Latvian Radio.
Latvia should raise its health care expenditures to 4% of GDP from the current 2.9%, according to Latvia's Health Minister Anda Čakša.
The new Health Minister Anda Čakša, along with the Welfare Ministry and Unity MP Edvards Smiltēns want to cancel the protested egg donation law that would prevent women from donating eggs for medical purposes unless they have already had a child.
President Raimonds Vejonis marked his return to official duties Wednesday with a press conference at the Jūrmala residency, 72 days after undergoing a heart operation, reported Latvian Television.