Bulgarian PM Promises No Cuts of Hospital Funding
Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov has promised that the money for the hospitals for 2010 will not be less than the funding for 2009.
Borisov met Tuesday with representatives of the Public Health Council in order to discuss the crisis in the hospital sector in Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov was also present at the meeting. He has announced that a work group, consisting of representatives of the government and the council, will be created. Its purpose would be to check whether there is a shortages of money and to establish the reason for it.
A new discussion on the problems of the health care will be held next week, based on the results of the checks.
Evgeni Dushkov from the Podkrepa labor union has noted that BGN 205 M are needed until the end of the year for the assuaging of the system.
Earlier Tuesday, doctors, nurses and patient organizations announced their demands. They insisted all the money that the hospitals have made so far to be paid to them. They have also requested no cuts in their budgets for 2010.
At the beginning of August, the National Health Insurance Fund cut the monthly budgets of the hospitals by 30%. Last week the Health Ministry cut the funding for emergency help.
Doctors have warned that if by September 15 the government does not settle the problem with the financing of the health care, they would begin effective protests.
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