Coalition does not support change of Latvian Health Minister

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On Thursday, October 28, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš listened to the coalition partners for further work in the government in a situation where the medical sector expressed lack of confidence in the Minister for Health, Daniels Pavļuts. Politicians are convinced that the minister needs to continue work.

The Prime Minister discussed the situation on an individual basis with each coalition party in the government and continued the discussion later in the joint coalition. 

“In a situation where garages are converted into admissions departments in hospitals, the last issue to address is who to be a better minister in this situation. It is necessary to agree with the industry and also politicians to work together,” said Chairman of the Development/For! faction Juris Pūce.

Parties pointed out that the responsibility for the health crisis and the dramatic increase in Covid-19 are not only in the hands of the Minister for Health.The search for a scapegoat could lead to an even deeper crisis, as it cannot be expected  whether there is an opportunity to replace the Minister for Health without the government falling.

It is difficult for the Minister to work if the whole sector has demanded resignation, so clear principles for further work and the ability to cooperate with professional organizations are expected from Pavļuts.

“Out of this crisis is not the Prime Minister, but in the hands of the whole coalition. “It is clear that there is a need for political leadership for the Ministry of Health,” said Karlis Šadursk, Saeima deputy for New Unity.

The Prime Minister has proposed a meeting of coalition representatives and medical organizations following consultations with coalition parties and the Minister for Health, developing a dialogue and finding solutions for the health sector in a difficult situation. It is scheduled for Friday, October 29.

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