The Happy Podcast composed by Jindřich Šídlo, Tereza Povolná, Ondřej Lasák and special guest Martin Čaban will tell you what the problem of the Czech health care system is and whether it is time to cancel Velka Pardubická.
When an amendment to the labor code was passed a few weeks ago, which allowed doctors to work twice as much overtime than before, thousands of them announced that they would rather quit under such conditions. This caused quite a surprised reaction among politicians, when, for example, the proposer of the mentioned amendment, Vít Kaňkovský, declared that they “didn’t estimate the atmosphere in the healthcare sector”.
“As a patient, I have the experience that Czechs are used to the fact that our healthcare is of high quality, very accessible and still costs nothing. But if I say or write this in praise somewhere, x doctors will say that it’s fine, but that all this is only at the price of their absolute exhaustion,” notes Jindřich Šídlo.
The question is, however, why do we have to switch our doctors so much when – as our guest today, Seznam Zpráv commentator and healthcare expert Martin Čaban says – we have a higher number of doctors per population than the EU average.
“The problem is with the organization of work in hospitals – doctors do a lot of it because their work is relatively cheap. If you have someone who makes three hundred an hour, you don’t mind if they fill out the paperwork. If that someone worked for a thousand, then the management of the hospital would finally have the motivation to get someone directly to do the paperwork,” notes Čaban.
So how to improve the status of doctors? Is it even possible? And how does David Rath fit into all this? That’s what the first part of the Happy Podcast will tell you.
Pardubicka steeplechase? There will be no subsidies, there will be no problem
In the second part, as usual, we focus on responses to current events. And so today we tackled a topic that caused a great response on social networks – Great Pardubice. And together with the famous race of a politician who became perhaps a somewhat unexpected ally of animals.
“Miroslav Kalousek, in his new role as horse protector, has clearly defined himself against Taxis,” describes Tereza Povolná, citing a tweet where the politician is outraged by the “reprehensible abuse” of horses:
Today’s Velká Pardubická. Those guys know what they’re getting into, they can screw up whatever they want. But where the hell does anyone get the twisted courage to put innocent animals at such risk? I’ll probably get scolded, but I think it’s reprehensible abuse. pic.twitter.com/teCkP4P72B
— Miroslav Kalousek🇺🇦🇨🇿 (@kalousekm) October 8, 2023
And what about Jindřich Šídlo? “Great Pardubice is really a massacre. But of course there would be one way to cancel the whole thing, which has been tested in the Czech Republic and works absolutely. All you have to do is cancel the subsidies for all breeding farms and racetracks – and that’s it. It’s just that no government would dare to do that,” he shrugs. And, of course, in the second part, he will add a few more stories and memories of racing in the 90s.
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The satirical program Šťastné Monday is published every Monday at eight in the morning on the Nauzal website.
That evening, you can also listen to the Šťastný podcast, in which we take you behind the scenes of the production of the popular show. In the podcast afterparty, we analyze what didn’t fit into the current episode and serve up a thorough analysis of the political bizarreness on social networks.
Performers include Jindřich Šídlo, screenwriter Konstantin Sulimenko, producer Ondřej Lasák and docent of Instagram Tereza Povolná.