Saeima wants to task government to boost healthcare wages
A proposal to alter transitional regulations on financing for healthcare, which stipulate that the government will have to provide financing for increasing healthcare employees' wages by 20% on the average during the next three years, will be reviewed at a Saeima plenary session next week, Saeima Social and Employment Matters Committee decided on December 5.
More warnings about health of health service
The Latvian Hospital Association has warned that the hospital sector can find itself in a state of emergency next year because of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the regulation for medics’ overtime work, the association’s chairman Jevgenijs Kalejs told the LETA newswire November 23.
Law on healthcare funding might be amended, says minister
It's possible to amend the healthcare law, especially in relation to linking health care services with social contributions, while annulling it would also annul wage rise for medics, said outgoing Health Minister Anda Čakša (Greens and Farmers Union) in an interview with Latvian Radio November 5.
Rīga Stradiņš University opens second branch abroad
The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) has signed a cooperation agreement with a hospital in Italy's Bolzano city on opening the university’s branch there that will serve as the clinical base for studies, said RSU representative Edijs Šauers.
New group wants annual health check for men
A newly-formed non governmental organization (NGO) has been formed which says it wants to improve health screening for men in a bid to improve rates of detection and treatment for cancer.
HIV treatment restrictions to be lifted
All current restrictions on treatment of people with HIV will be lifted on October 1, Health Minister Anda Čakša (Greens/Farmers) said September 17 after a meeting with non-governmental organizations representing HIV and hepatitis C patients.
New healthcare system will leave up to 40,000 uninsured
Starting next year, there will be 30,000 - 40,000 people who don't qualify for state-sponsored healthcare services. They will be able to make voluntary payments to receive the so-called "full basket" of government-funded healthcare services starting September 1, according to National Health Service representative Edgars Labsvīrs.
Invasion of the fake news spiders!
Latvia's State Health Inspectorate has told the public there is no risk to the public from an invasion of poisonous spiders, despite the appearance of official-looking posters at public transport stops in Rīga warning them about just such a threat with the worrying message: "Attention! Poisonous spiders!"
Influenza season in full swing
Last week the number of flu patients in Latvia’s southeastern Daugavpils region has reached the epidemic threshold, therefore the flu epidemics has been declared in Latvia starting from January 30, The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) reported.
DDoS attack hits 'e-health' system
On January 16 the National Health Service IT system and the 'e-health' system used by doctors to write prescriptions and sick leaves came under cyber attack, the Health Ministry told LSM's Latvian-language service.