According to the war, there are hundreds of doctors among the Ukrainian refugees. “I want to allow them very quickly to be able to work under the supervision and in accordance with the laws of the Czech Republic and European legislation on services in all medical facilities, whether it is a nurse or a doctor “said the Minister. mentioned.
Válek also said he wanted to make this step easier for those who want to take the endorsement test. “But again according to the law,” he warned, saying the law would not change. “If we change the law, it will happen that they will stop recognizing the diplomas of Czech health professionals abroad. I want our doctors and nurses to be full health professionals in the European Union. I don’t want to end up like some countries that restricted the rules, the result was that their associate professors and professors outside the country didn’t recognize them,” he added.
However, the Minister of Health stressed that the objective of the Czech Republic and the EU is not to steal the Ukrainian health system by trying to attract and permanently employ Ukrainian health professionals. . “We want Ukraine to win, to come back, and we want to help them build their healthcare and their universities,” he said.
According to Válka, language courses for Ukrainians should also facilitate their temporary work in the Czech Republic so that they can learn professional terminology in Czech.
Allow work but don’t reduce quality
According to Štefanová, it is also important to allow Ukrainian predators to obtain an approval test so that they can work in the Czech Republic. At the same time, however, it is necessary to ensure that the quality of health care does not deteriorate. “So as not to jeopardize the recognition of our diplomas. You have to keep in mind that the procedure must be such that ‘let’s not make it more difficult for them than for our doctors’, but let’s not reduce the quality,” she warned.
The head of the Association of General Practitioners, Šonka, also agrees with both speakers. According to him, the approval test should only be simplified, not reduced in quality. “Our approval test is known to be really tough and not very supportive of these people,” he added.
“The endorsement test is basically a state exam in Czech. Who among us would be a statesman today, but I certainly wouldn’t be. Also, the endorsement test was conducted from a way that does not test those who are tested by statesmen. I would also like to change these commissions that are going to test so that they have a comparison with the quality of knowledge of English-speaking students and Czech students, so that they don’t drop below the bar set by the state, but don’t exceed. Accuracy and decency – it has to happen,” Válek said.
UA Points will continue to work
The fact that only hundreds of Ukrainian medical professionals have so far registered in the Czech Republic was explained by the minister saying that they remain in Ukrainian hospitals due to the tense situation. In the Czech Republic, they could also take part in the work in the so-called UA points – special outpatient clinics for the care of Ukrainian refugees in university hospitals.
Válek anticipates that these ambulances will continue to operate in the coming months and has not ruled out the possibility that they will be operational until the end of the year. “Perhaps the refugee crisis will teach us to make long-delayed changes in health care,” he said.
According to Štefanová, UA points work very well. “But they are still provided by our staff. We have to bear in mind that our staff capacity is limited,” she said.
Shonka warned that UA Points cannot replace primary care. “The Czech system is definitely not ready for another 300,000 patients,” he said. According to him, the problem occurs especially among general practitioners for children and adolescents.
The spread of dangerous diseases is imminent
War also said he was not worried about the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis or AIDS in connection with the arrival of refugees. According to him, vaccination in Ukraine is comparable to that in Austria. Štefanová also agreed. “The vaccination is not dangerously low at all,” she said.
Válek described the threat of the spread of HIV as a marginal issue. “Tuberculosis could be more important, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has not identified Ukraine as a country at risk,” he said. According to him, people fleeing to the Czech Republic are not at risk, because they are children and young women. Moreover, they mainly flee the big cities, where vaccination coverage is higher than in the countryside.
The minister said that his Ukrainian counterpart and the WHO had promised to send him documentation on the vaccination of Ukrainian children in the Czech Republic in a few weeks. According to him, the regions have already received a proposal on how to vaccinate them, and the general practitioners are also receiving it. “We simplified the scheme considerably, we got it approved by the WHO,” he added.