MOST has been calling for the Health Minister’s sacking for some time now, claiming that he has done little to nothing to alleviate the situation in Croatia’s health system.
After MOST forwarded its initiative to hold an extraordinary session of parliament to discuss a possible vote of no confidence in Health Minister Milan Kujundžić to President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, MOST MP Nikola Grmoja told reporters today that they have still not received a response from the president's office.
"All Croatian citizens are aware that our health care system is in critical condition, that doctors are leaving to work abroad, that we have long waits for treatment, that our hospital's debts are too big, and that not one reform has been implemented. After all the President said herself that Minister Kujundžić should have been part of the cabinet shake-up and that in three years he hasn't implemented any reforms."
Minister Kujundžić had this to say about MOST's call for a vote of no-confidence: "I will respond to my critics, including Madam President, in parliament. It will be an opportunity to speak out about everything this government has done in these past three years. I can say that we have done more in three years, in terms of human resources, raising the quality of health care, equipping facilities and most importantly, establishing the foundations for building new university hospitals in Rijeka, Osijek and Split, than has ever been done before."
Minister Kujundžić was in Dubrovnik on Thursday, where he opened a unified emergency ward at Dubrovnik General Hospital. 22 million Kuna were invested into the three year project, 20 million of which came from European Funds.
Dubrovnik Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić: "Along with the 20 million Kuna in funds, we as the county invested an additional 4 million Kuna for those segments that weren't covered in the project, which primarily dealt with the renovating and equipping of two smaller operating theaters."
"A unified emergency ward is a big step forward in the medical sense, but also in terms of organization, and the results of this will be visible in the Dubrovnik area," Minister Kujundžić concluded.
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