Bulgarian FinMin Hires Fired Deputy Minister as Adviser - Report

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 29, 2012, Wednesday // 17:37
Bulgaria: Bulgarian FinMin Hires Fired Deputy Minister as Adviser - Report Former Deputy Health Minister Gergana Pavlova (pictured) has been reportedly hired as Djankov's adviser.

Bulgaria's Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has reportedly hired Gergana Pavlova, the country's former Deputy Health Minister, as adviser.

Pavlova will probably advise Djankov on health issues, Standart News reports, citing government sources.

On February 21, Pavlova was fired by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov because she "failed to explain to the public how medication prices are formed." Pavlova was in charge of the medications policy of the institution.

Prior to being appointed as Deputy Health Minister in 2010, Gergana Pavlova worked for Sopharma Trading, a company suspected to having established a monopoly in supplying medications to hospitals.

Djankov already defended Pavlova by claiming that she has fallen prey to political populism.

On February 22, the Finance Minister noted that Pavlova's efforts had resulted in a wider access to drugs reimbursed by the National Health Insurance Fund and an improved distribution of pharmaceuticals among hospital which had previously been in the habit of overstocking.

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Tags: Simeon Djankov, Gergana Pavlova, medications, Sopharma, Deputy Health Minister
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