In a communiqué issued on Sunday morning, lawmaker Gratiela Gavrilescu, Vice President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), asked for the resignation of Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu, whom she accused of making statements that are “intolerable” and “offensive toward the Romanian people.”
“If I were to compare the healthcare system to the overall society, I’d say it is above average. But we criticise without looking at ourselves, without thinking about what we are relating to. It’s very easy to relate to a nice system you see on television and to its extraordinary performances, without thinking how much that system costs. I am not talking only about money for equipment, but also about money for training specialists. Education costs, medicine costs directly, through payments, or indirectly, through taxes. This is the truth. The system is financed in line with Romania’s current possibilities to finance it and in line with the system of values on whose basis we want to distribute public funds. According to the system of values in 2016, this is how much we consider we should pay for healthcare. (…) I am not here to judge this, but to handle this system with the resources it has, to fight in order to improve it and for better financing. However, this is the reality and we have to relate to it, as it is, not as we would like it to be. We want a country like abroad? Perfect, let’s work like abroad,” Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu stated in an interview for ziare.com.
ALDE has asked for his resignation as a result of these statements.
“The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats considers the statements made by Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu to be intolerable; statements according to which the Romanian healthcare system is above the Romanian society’s average and “if we want a country like abroad we should work like abroad,”” an ALDE communiqué reads.
According to ALDE Vice President Gratiela Gavrilescu, quoted in the communiqué, “these statements made by the Health Minister are offensive toward Romanian people.”
“I find Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu’s way of thinking unspeakable. I am revolted first of all as a Romanian, and as a lawmaker and member of the Lower Chamber’s Commission for Health and Family I am asking for the resignation of the Health Minister,” Gavrilescu stated.
The ALDE Lower Chamber lawmaker claims that this statement “does nothing but fall in line with the statements made by other Ciolos Government ministers who have showed their contempt toward Romania and Romanians.”
“After Finance Minister Anca Paliu Dragu encouraged Romanians to work for peanuts, because that’s the practice in other states, and Youth and Sport Minister Elisabeta Lipa banned the singing of the Romanian anthem at internal sports competitions, it is now the turn of Mr. Patriciu Achimas. It is inadmissible for a technocrat, a minister that he himself was a doctor, to show his contempt toward Romanian society. According to the Minister, Romanians have the healthcare system they deserve because they work far too little. I would like to ask Romanians and politicians to imagine: if he was a politically-appointed Health Minister, how long do you think he would have remained in office after making such an offensive statement about Romanians?” the ALDE Vice President points out.
Lawmaker Gratiela Gravilescu considers that “such an offense toward Romanian citizens cannot remain uncensored by Romanian Premier Dacian Ciolos or by civil society,” Agerpres writes.
“The Prime Minister should consider the immediate replacement of Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu,” the ALDE Vice President concludes.