Gergana Pavlova Named Bulgaria Deputy Health Minister

Health | April 23, 2010, Friday // 14:17|  views

Bulgaria's new Health Minister, Anna-Maria Borisova (back), and PM, Boyko Borisov (front) attended the inauguration of a new intensive care ward at the Institute for Emergency Medicine “Pirogov.” Photo by BGNES

Gergana Pavlova will be the new Deputy Health Minister, Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, announced Friday.

Borisov spoke during the official inauguration of a new intensive care ward at the Institute for Emergency Medicine “Pirogov,” which he attended with the new Health Minister, Anna-Maria Borisova.

Until now Pavlova has worked as a manager of the expert analysis company IMS Health and, before that, in Sopharma Trading.

The Health Ministry also has another new Deputy Minister – Dessislava Dimitrova, former health reform advisor to Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov. Dimitrova was approved on the same day Borisova's nomination was voted by the Parliament.

The PM said Pavlova was actually his choice to replace the ousted Zheni Nacheva as Head of the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK), however Borisova has requested her as her deputy.

New nominations for NZOK are now on the table, but both Borisov and the Health Minister refused to state any names.

They also announced they have now rejected the idea to cap doctors salaries but will put a limit on prices of medicine purchased by the hospitals.

The vacancies at the Health Ministry came in the aftermath of the resignation of Health Minister, Bozhidar Nanev on March 30 after his was charged by the Sofia City Prosecutor with concluding unfavorable deals for the State and the April 9 resignations of Deputy Health Minister, Valeri Mitrev, Valentina Platikanova – Head of the Medicine Policy Department, and Asen Dudov, Nanev's advisor on medicine policy.

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