Health Minister survives no-confidence motion at parliament

After hours of debate, on May 17 the Latvian parliament voted to leave Health Minister Anda Čakša at her post, reports LSM's Latvian-language service.

She has been serving as the Health Minister for two years. Her predecessor Guntis Belēvičs stepped down after it emerged he had received special treatment for a minor skin complaint. 

Čakša has come under criticism for the way the health reform is being handled, as well as ongoing problems with the "e-health" online system, and other things. 

The opposition proposal to call Čakša to step down was supported by 33 MPs; 49 were 'against'; while a further two 'abstained'. 

Under Čakša, the healthcare system is undergoing reforms aiming to increase wages for medical professionals, as well as reduce wait times for state-sponsored procedures.

To this end, Latvia's healthcare sector received a funding boost of about €200 million last year, with the total sector budget surpassing €1 billion.

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