Dogo dogfood ban lifted

Latvia's State Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said October 2 it had lifted restrictions on 'Dogo' brand dogfood, claiming that a foul-up in a Danish laboratory was responsible for earlier results suggesting it was potentially unsafe.

Health minister promises 'Rigvir' summit

Health Minister Anda Caksa has promised to get critics and supporters of the controversial claimed cancer treatment 'Rigvir' around a table to debate their differences and establish what claims to clinical effectiveness the treatment possesses.

Spring water not always as magical as many think

Many Latvians collect at least some of their drinking water direct from natural springs, and ascribe all sorts of curative and health-giving powers to it. But an investigation by LTV's Aizliegtais paņēmiens (Forbidden methods) suggests that faith in natural purity may be misplaced in some instances.

Health ministry defends claimed cancer treatment

Latvia's Health Ministry has defended having a controversial claimed treatment for cancer on its official list of medicines, despite expressions of doubt about its effectiveness and clinical validity from oncologists, the De Facto investigative new show reported September 3. 

Toxic substance found in dog food

Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs was under renewed pressure August 18, this time not because of his role in the scandalous 'Oligarch conversations' but because of dog food.

Healthcare financing law ready in weeks, promises PM

The first draft of a new law on healthcare financing will be produced by the meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council planned in late August, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told the press after a meeting of ruling coalition parties on Monday.

Family doctors limit strike

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has rejected the latest deal proposed by Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) and Health Minister Anda Caksa and will carry on with their strike, but in a different form, the association’s head Sarmite Veide told journalists on July 17.

Family doctors continue strike

The Latvian Association of Family Doctors will not sign an agreement that would end the ongoing strike of family doctors (or GPs) as it doesn't, they say, meet their core demands, reported Latvian Radio on July 7.

Family doctors may call off strike

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians might decide to end its current strike in the near future, the association’s head Sarmite Veide told journalists after a meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers).

Hopes for improvement on breast cancer detection

Last year, 1,152 women in Latvia were diagnosed with breast cancer, of which for 37 percent breast cancer was detected in stage 3 or 4, as the Health Ministry's oncology expert Dace Baltina told a press conference July 5.

Want healthcare? Pay your taxes! says government

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.

Doctors to strike on July 3

The Latvian Family Practitioners Association has announced strike action starting July 3, the head of the association Sarmīte Veide told LSM.

Healthcare sector uncertainty continues

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.

Audit Office bashes Health Ministry over major hospital's debts

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.

Mental health in the twilight zone

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. 

Hopes rise for healthcare talks results

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.