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Doctors to ask the Saeima to evaluate Kucinskis’ suitability for his post

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 17 May, the Council of Latvian Health and Social Care Workers Union decided to ask the Saeima to assess Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ suitability for such an important post. Upon receiving the parliament’s conclusion, the union will decide on future actions on this matter at the next extraordinary meeting.

This decision was supported by 21 out of 28 members of the council.

Valdis Keris, leader of the union, mentioned during the Tuesday’s meeting that the healthcare sector’s unions had previously agreed to sign a compromise proposal of the government’s action plan. Keris explained that the letter for the compromise was submitted to the government before the approval of the action plan. In this letter, the trade union wrote that multiple organizations had urged the Healthcare Ministry’s proposal to significantly increase funding for the country’s healthcare sector to the government’s action plan. Unfortunately, the government ultimately decided to approve the action plan without adding the proposal to it.

Members of the council doubted that Kucinskis took the time to assess the problems that plague the healthcare sector. The council believes that the Prime Minister and his office have no understanding of the needs and priorities of the country’s healthcare sector. Keris believes trade unions have done everything they could.

During the meeting, an opinion was voiced, saying that the Saeima might not support this request for dismissal. In addition, an often change of the head of the government will require the next person to learn of the industry’s needs over and over again. It was also mentioned during the meeting that members of the council wish to see a person in the seat of the Prime Minister who would be prepared to divide budget funds to all sectors of the national economy in a fair way. «We can continue changing leaders as much as we want, but the end result depends on the team. We should instead request professionals to be attracted – maybe it will serve as some pressure. It is unlikely that the situation will change that simply by changing prime ministers,» – as mentioned during the meeting.

As previously reported, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers had previously accepted the government’s action plan and its proposal on priority directions for the development of the national economy. Before the approval of the plan, Kucinkis had met with trade unions of Latvia’s healthcare sector to listen to different proposals for the action plan. In spite of the healthcare sector’s expressed support for the action plan’s approved proposals, the point regarding the increase of funding from GDP was not included, which resulted in major dissatisfaction among members of healthcare trade unions.

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