Health Ministry's work will become 'more intensive', says politics expert

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With the change of the Minister for Health, no major changes are expected, but more intensive work is to be awaited, said political scientist Juris Rozenvalds in an interview on Latvian Television January 11.

“Nothing will change significantly, simply the process will become more intense, because [new Minister of Health] Mr Pavļuts has underlined several times that he will continue the line of the [former Health Minister] Viņķele. If the Prime Minister had disagreements with the Minister, it was obvious that such a change could improve the situation, but I do not think anything would change radically,” Rozenvalds said.

He said that the first steps of Pavļuts as Minister for Health indicated that the pace of vaccination against Covid-19 could be increased.

Asked if any further turmoil in the government could be expected, the political scientist said that “We can anticipate internal arguments in the sense that Mrs Viņķele has not been the worst minister in the government.

The issue of some other minister could therefore be raised, but great turmoil is not otherwise to be expected, given that there are simply no alternatives.”

Rozenvalds pointed out that there were enough problems in education and science as well as social protection. “There is no shortage of problems in government directly with ministers' work. And in this respect, [Prime Minister] Mr Kariņš could show as much decisiveness in criticizing and managing these ministers as he showed for Mrs Viņķele.”

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