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MfD: Ministry considers introducing "community nurses"

26 April 2012

Prague, April 25 (CTK) - The Czech Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is considering introducing "community nurses" after the pattern of Anglo-Saxon countries who would advise infirm and elderly people on their rights and arrange assistance for them, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Wednesday.

The nurses would be a sort of mediators between seniors or also younger people after serious injuries or sudden diseases on the one hand and authorities on the other, and offer them information where to seek help, MfD writes.

The nurses themselves could not decide on welfare benefits for the people or on their placing in homes for the elderly, but they would advise them to what they are entitled, give them contacts to various services and help them file applications for elderly people's homes, the paper writes.

Pavel Hrobon, who participates in drafting the respective bill, told the paper that this service is important also because hospitals do not take interest in the patients after release and the municipalities themselves would be in conflict of interests if they actively offered the benefits that they themselves pay out.

The nurses could also advise the people concerned on possible arrangements in their homes to accommodate their needs, MfD writes.

The ministry may embed the institute of community nurses in the existing legislation in the form of amendments, MfD writes.

It is not yet clear whether the service would be paid by health insurance companies or whether it is a social service, the paper adds.

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