The Ombudsman has identified significant shortcomings in the Ādaži municipal hospital's accessibility for people with disabilities, including even certain elements that potentially pose risks to human health, the Ombudsman's office said on May 22.
Currently, not everyone in Latvia has an opportunity to receive hospice care as a state-guaranteed service. It was expected that it could be provided from budget resources from next year, but there is hope that the service will be introduced from October 1 this year, Ministry representatives told Latvian Radio on May 17.
The Latvian Junior Doctors’ Association, together with the Latvian People with Special Needs Cooperation Organization “Sustento”, and several other Latvian patient organizations and associations representing medical workers, hold a picket at the Saeima on Thursday, May 11, requesting politicians to promise stable health care funding.
From the beginning of next year, access to e-health is planned to only be possible through qualified electronic means of personal identification: with an e-ID card, an e-signature (eParaksts) card, an e-signature card plus or e-signature mobile. The plan has met resistance from both the patient and doctor side, Latvian Radio reported on May 3.
In solidarity with teachers, around 1,000 health workers participated in the protest on Monday, April 24. Ilze Aizsilniece, head of the Latvian Medical Society, has repeated her readiness to organize a strike in the autumn. The industry ministry hopes to prevent this with a clear plan for predictable additional funding for the health sector.
Some girls in Latvia are forced to skip school due to not having access to necessary hygiene products every month. The necessary signatures for an initiative to change the situation on Manabalss.lv have been collected within two weeks. Further progress of this initiative in the Saeima was supported April 4 by the responsible committee.
More than a fifth or 22% of Latvia's population is at least 64 years old; the proportion of working-age population tends to fall, according to the results of the last census. With the population ageing, geriatric care is becoming a profession of the future, but currently, young healthcare experts are not that interested, Latvian Radio reported March 31.
In the previous week, from March 13 to March 19 , the average intensity of influenza increased slightly in Latvia, but is generally described as low. Meanwhile, in hospitals, the number of patients with Covid-19 increased by 30.9%, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported on March 22.