Burke says a good spirit doesn’t mean he’ll be a good minister
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was the first time in forty-five years that he had not had surgery for a month. He was unable to catch the COVID-19 disease he had with his family. Then he returned to the room a little nervous. “I was horrified if I forgot. But it turns out that can’t be forgotten in a month, ”Burke told broker Eileen Sirna.
It has since returned to the rhythm of its operations. “I’ve been working since then,” said Burke, 73. How long can you practice this difficult profession? “He’s totally individual. There are cardiac surgeons who say at the age of 60 that the disease is over, but I know of exceptions in the United States who also had surgery at the age of 80, ”said Burke.
He confessed to asking his student, Professor Evan Neto, to inform him of the need to stop working. According to Burke, in general, a brilliant surgeon should not spoil his reputation at the end of his career.
He used to say that the most difficult operation is yet to come, as it will be the last before he retires, but that is no longer the case. The hardest part was when his friends – actors Zlata Adamowska and Peter ětpánek – convinced him to play Ordinace v růže zahradu, in which he had to pretend to work on the human heart, even though there was no heart. human. “So now I say that I had the most difficult operation behind me: when Petr Štěpánek and I had heart surgery on the chain beef.”
Burke reportedly got used to the fact that at the end of June he would end up as head of the heart center at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague (IKEM), from which he was fired by the administration. of the hospital. . But I have to apologize to the patients because I have arranged so much for them, and I’m not going to be able to do it now. Patients will have to get used to the fact that it will be different, ”said Burke.
Last April, Pirk, along with ten other top medical capabilities, sparked an uproar, saying tough measures to tackle the coronavirus could have dangerous impacts on human health and the economy. He does not regret having signed it under the invitation, he will join it again.
“The declaration was in effect in April 2020, when it already was. But I could have said in the summer that the fall wave would definitely come. Plus, I thought it would be with an influenza pandemic. Fortunately, that didn’t happen, ”said Burke. Perform an analysis of the extent of involvement of covid-19 in mortality and the impact of neglected care for other fatal diseases.
Recently, in an interview with Novinky.cz, he reiterated that the government is not handling the pandemic, and blamed the unprofessional nature of the MeSES group, whose central figure Petr Smejkal does not have a degree in epidemiology, according to Burke. . However, Burke has been criticized by some of his colleagues for his comments on the coronavirus.
“Expressing yourself and controlling something else is different. When asked, I expressed my opinion, but I never forced anyone to follow my opinion. It’s a fundamental difference, ”said Burke, who considers the Czech Republic to have the longest school closures in Europe to be a crime against children.
Jan Berk (73)