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Party leader says Saeima’s dismissal would not improve funding for healthcare

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEven if the healthcare workers trade union could accomplish Saeima’s dismissal, which they have promised to do if politicians do not increase funding for healthcare, it would not help increase funding, said the leader of the National Alliance «All for Latvia/For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» Raivis Dzintars in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

According to the politician, the making of the next year’s budget is a slow and painful process, especially in this government, which consists of five parties. In the end the budget should be approved under an air of equality, when there are many industries and public groups with different needs – aside from doctors and healthcare workers, there are teachers, interior affairs workers, pensioners, culture workers, etc., who are also in need of funding, stressed Dzintars.

He added that it is necessary to find balance between all interests, and the ruling coalition still has not been able to find a way to increase funding for doctors without worsening the situation in other industries.

The leader of the National Alliance believes that in spite of pressure from different groups, budget formation «will not go overboard».

He expects the pressure on the coalition will continue and the topic of Saeima’s possible dissolution may be used, which is something opposition parties would use gladly. Nevertheless, Dzintars does not believe Saeima’s dismissal could serve as a way to increase funding for healthcare.

The same can be said with support for mass media – parties agree that the state support for domestic content should be larger, but options are limited.

Read also: Latvian doctors to hold protest of A Day Without Doctor

As for the initiative for significantly increasing state support for political parties, Dzintars said he supports it, adding that the parliament may yet add corrections to the plan.

According to Dzintars, under the current redaction amendments to the law lack one major section – if the decision is made to increase state funding, it will be necessary to significantly reduce the freedom of private sponsors to donate to parties amounts close to the intended state support ceiling.


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