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Doctors upset with silent treatment exhibited by Vejonis’ chancellery

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Health and Social Care Workers Union is upset with the silent treatment exhibited by employees of Stat President Raimonds Vejonis in regard to the terrible state of the country’s healthcare.

Some time ago the board of the union turned to the newly-elected President with a request to meet and discuss better solutions to improve the country’s state of healthcare.

Multiple shocking facts were mentioned in order to emphasize the necessity to meet. For example the European Union (EU) Charter of Fundamental Rights provides for a high human healthcare level. With that, EU member states allocate an average of 7.3% of their GDP to healthcare. Unfortunately, Latvia’s state funding of healthcare has decreased to 3.0% of GDP in recent years. This has led to Latvia having the worst level of healthcare accessibility in the EU, as reported by the union.

In spite of that, State President’s public project manager’s advisor Karina Ravina-Vimba’s written response does not contain any indications that the President plans to meet with representatives of the union in the near future, as reported by the union. There are serious concerns that all this may be an attempt to create an information blockade around the President and prevent him from learning of the true situation in the country.

The union had previously warned that, according to OECD information, healthcare accessibility in Latvia is the poorest in the EU. In addition, both of the country’s largest hospitals show signs of insolvency; more than half of doctors, assistants and nurses do not get jobs in Latvia upon graduating, notes the union.

In spite of all this, the government is not in a hurry to allocate additional funding to the industry in order to help resolve the situation. Instead, the government feeds the people simple phrases about ‘looking for alternative solutions’ and ‘mobilising internal resources’. The patients are the ones who are forced to wait in long queues and pay from their own pockets. Hospitals are forced to sign contracts with the state in regard to providing emergency health service below self-costs. Doctors are forced to watch their salary stay below the average in the country, adds LVSADA.

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