Bulgaria's 2012 health news were marked once again by doctors and patients disgruntled over healthcare budget cuts and poor conditions at healthcare facilities.
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A total of 392 penal rulings worth BGN 184 700 have been issued in the period June-December 2012 for violations of the full smoking ban in indoor public places.
A Sofia-based bar has been fined BGN 10 000 for breaching the smoking ban in indoor public spaces.
A dangerous potato load has been seized by Bulgarian authorities on the Bulgarian – Turkish border after a test has shown that the potatoes might be dangerous for human health.
The "Bulgarian Christmas" charity, which was launched for the tenth time at the beginning of December, has collected a total of BGN 1.5 M so far.
The 'Bulgarian Christmas' charity, which was launched for the tenth time and with boosted expectations by President Rosen Plevneliev at the beginning of December, has collected BGN 347 000 so far.
Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev has stated that more "flexible" rules should be introduced in the country when it comes to smoking in enclosed public spaces.
Bulgaria's Parliamentary Economic Committee will vote Tuesday at a closed-doors session on the abolition of the full indoor smoking ban.
Low turnout has been reported at the non-smokers rally in Bulgaria's capital Sofia in protest against the proposed easing of the full ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, enforced as of June 1.
Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova has criticized managers of bars, restaurants and other establishment s over the planned boycott of the full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.
Bulgaria's full smoking ban in closed public spaces survived on Thursday, as the parliamentary committee on health unanimously voted against lifting it.
Non-smokers are due to take to the streets of Bulgaria's capital on Thursday in protest against the proposed easing of the full ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, enforced as of June 1.
Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova and some lawmakers from her centrist-right GERB party appear to have clashed over the potential lifting of the country's full smoking ban in closed public spaces.
Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova has reiterated her firm stance against the potential lifting of the full smoking ban in closed public spaces that was imposed in the country in June.
Bulgaria's public hospitals have a total debt amounting to BGN 350 M, said Bulgarian Minister of Health Desislava Atanasova Sunday.
Bulgaria's Parliament will discuss the possibility of lifting the full smoking ban in closed public spaces, according to parliamentary health committee head Desislava Daritkova.
Bulgaria's right-wing Blue Coalition has demanded the resignations of Finance Minister Simeon Djankov and the director of the National Health Insurance Fund over what it perceives as failed policies.
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