The parliamentary opposition has formally demanded the dismissal of the Minister of Health, Vili Beroš. Social Democratic Party leader Pedja Grbin reported that a request has been put into procedure, which was supported by all opposition clubs with the exception of the Sovereignists. They confirmed that they will nevertheless vote in favor of the dismissal.
Accumulated debts in health care, suspended delivery of medicines to hospitals in the midst of a pandemic, problems in the system of vaccination, favoritism and dubious public procurement; these are problems that the opposition blames on Minister Vili Beroš.
“The Ministry of Health simply doesn't function, there are no reforms, and how much this is reflected can best be seen in the case of the Tumor Clinic, where patients cannot get adequate care. We want Beroš to leave,” said Social Democratic Party leader Peđa Grbin.
The opposition also recalled that someone has to answer for the dysfunctional vaccination system.
“A lot of money was given for the application, it doesn't work and there is a suspicion that Vili Beroš gave the job to his acquaintances and friends, it is clear that someone should be held responsible for this,” said Nikola Grmoja from the MOST party.
“The eventual dismissal of Minister Beroš will not change much, if the government is resistant to anything, it is structural reforms,” said Stjepo Bartulica from the Homeland Movement, who joined the request for dismissal.
The Sovereignts party will support the proposal only upon voting.
“Naturally we will vote for the dismissal of Beroš, this government does not deserve to stay, on the other hand neither Mr. Grbin nor his satellites are an alternative that Croatia needs,” said Hrvoje Zekanović.
The opposition also places responsibility with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković for the state of healthcare. Sandra Benčić from the We Can party said that no minister makes decisions independently, and they are chosen on the principle of loyalty to the prime minister.
“The opposition is not particularly creative, especially the Social Democratic Party, for four years they have been copying what the media writes and the putting it on some sort of paper. The government will respond within the legal deadline, and after that we will see when the most appropriate moment is to hold that debate. We haven't even talked about that yet,” responded Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
Debate on a vote of no confidence in Minister Beroš must be held within 30 days. The opposition noted that it depends on the Prime Minister and the Parliament Speaker whether that will be before or after the local elections.