Bulgarian Right Wing Demands Ousting of Health Minister

Domestic | February 21, 2012, Tuesday // 16:50|  views

UDF MP, Vanio Sharkov (picture) accuses the Health Minister of lying to Bulgarian people about bonuses distributed within the healthcare system. Photo by Bulphoto

Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, demands the resignation of Health Minister, Stefan Konstantinov, over the scandalous bonuses within the system of his institution.

The news was reported Tuesday by UDF Member of the Parliament, Vanio Sharkov.

According to the party, Konstantinov had lied that 90% of the bonuses for 2011 went to people from ER care and thus mislead all Bulgarians in an attempt to conceal the truth about the real destribution of the BGN 2.5 M.

"The Health Minister lied and placed responsibility for the bonuses on those from emergency rooms, on the people, who work in the most difficult conditions in the entire healthcare system and get the most miserable pay; on those who silently suffer unjust criticism over the failures of the lacking healthcare reform," Sharkov says.

The right wing further announced that they have information about a probe of the European Commission of Deputy Health Minister, Gergana Pavlova, who was dismissed earlier in the day by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, over instituting a monopoly for a leading Bulgarian pharmaceutical company.

MPs from UDF and the other party in the right-wing Blue Coalition – Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, declared they have sent letters to the Commissions for Consumers Protection and for Competition Protection to probe how prices of medications paid by the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, were formed in the last five years, and if the companies "Sopharma" and Sopharma Trading" have monopoly in public tenders for the supply of medications to hospitals.

The Blue Coalition firmly rejects claims they have lobbyist interest in the medications trade.

UDF Chairman, Martin Dimitrov, stated that under the Access to Public Information Act the party will request information on bonuses given at other institutions – the Ministries of Economy, of Culture, of Social Policy and Labor, and of Regional Development.

He vowed to take the matter to Court if the right wing is denied access to such information.

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Tags: resignation, Stefan Konstantinov, health minister, Vanio Sharkov, monopoly, tenders, prices, medications, Competition Protection, Consumers Protection, probe, Martin Dimitrov, Blue Coalition, DSB, UDF, bonuses, European Commission, Sopharma, Ognyan Donev, Gergana Pavlova, NZOK


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