President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday announced that the agenda of the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) May 27 meeting also includes an item related to healthcare.
“I included on the agenda of the CSAT meeting scheduled for May 27 an item devoted to this sector. I asked for materials from the Health Ministry for this clarification in the CSAT meeting,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace.
He underscored however that it is not in the CSAT that the healthcare issue must be sorted out.
I got information on the healthcare’s system immediately after Colectiv fire
Iohannis said Thursday that after the devastating fire in 2015 at Colectiv club of Bucharest he received information on the healthcare system.
“Immediately after Colectiv, I received information that I discussed back then,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Palace in response to whether or not he got information on the healthcare system that he might consider grave.
He said that in general some information reaches the Presidential Administration, but if it is specific for a given area, it goes to the presidential advisers in charge with that area.
“I cannot remember any conversation or information regarding a certain drug maker. But, there has been information about procedures that do not go on smoothly at certain hospitals,” said Iohannis.
He added that the Presidency is not a notifying organisation.
“When we get information, we read it and count ourselves informed. The Presidency is no notifying organisation and the President is not some supra-government. Such information is not especially for the Presidential Administration. If it includes things worth knowing about hospitals, it goes to the prime minister, the health minister and possibly to a county director. If slippages that could be deemed criminal are mentioned, the information also goes to the prosecution offices. Each time, those with powers in the areas under information will have to act. If the information is for the health minister, the Presidential Administration will take no official action. If there are very serious problems, then the presidential advisers come to me with special information and if I do consider there is a grave issue, I may bring the matter up in a conversation with the prime minister, because that would be a matter pertaining to the government, or I may also ask for information at a meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT). But that is not devised so that ten people get information and the Presidency would additionally warn the Health Ministry that the Intelligence Service said there are some problems,” Iohannis explained.
He added that the state of the healthcare system is outrageous, insisting that the system has to change.
“I believe SRI did its job”
The President said the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) did its job in the case of diluted disinfectants for hospital use provided by Hexi Pharma drug maker, while other organisations did not.
“I believe SRI did its job in this case as well. When they had signals that something was amiss, they said so, but I also believe that some organisations did not do their job quite well; I expect prosecutors to find and send to court the ones that might have knowingly violated the law,” Iohannis told journalists at the Cotroceni Palace.
Asked about the basis for his statement about SRI having done its job, Iohannis said he was speaking from his own experience. ”Because my experience has been that it does its job but there are some organisations that fail to do their job at times,” he said.
Iohannis added he will ask SRI to check whether or not some of SRI’s reports to him may be made public, and that organisational heads will have to check whether or not they paid attention to the SRI reports to them.
“We have new prosecutors, a new attorney general, we have a chief prosecutor at the National Anti-Corruption Agency (DNA) reappointed for good results, we have quite a new chief prosecutor with the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). I expect them to do their job and check; the judiciary inspection should check and put things in order,” said Iohannis, adding that he will surely ask that as head of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT).
He added that there was not a single moment in which he would suspect SRI was trying to cover up irregularities, but in his opinion some dignitaries did not read the reports to them attentively.
“SRI draws up what are called briefs. They are for the decision makers in the areas mentioned in the briefs. So, it is obvious that some dignitaries failed to read the briefs attentively, or they knowingly ignored them,” said Iohannis.
He added that he had several conversations with Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on healthcare issues.
“We have reached solutions that paradoxically are quite simple. Anyone could have found them, if they wanted so, so far. Rules have to be clarified as well as procedures. Rules to know what requirements for instance disinfectants have to meet to know how to procure such specific materials, precisely in order to rule out subjectivity from the public procurement of hospitals,” said Iohannis.
“Senator Tariceanu’s claims about Hexi Pharma, electioneering rhetoric”
President Klaus Iohannis said that Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu’s claims that there are suspicions that a secret service would be behind embattled drug maker Hexi Pharma is electioneering rhetoric. He added that if someone indeed has such indications, he or she will have to tell prosecutors about them.
“Should we not be in the midst of electioneering, that could be a strange statement, but I would call it electioneering rhetoric. I cannot take seriously such claims at a public news conference. If somebody indeed has indications that this is so, he or she will have to tell prosecutors about them. If he or she fails to do so, he or she will risk prosecution for concealing intelligence,” Iohannis told journalists at a news conference at Cotroceni Palace.
In Targu Jiu on Monday, Tariceanu alleged that there are suspicions that a secret service would be behind the embattled drug maker Hexi Pharma.
Iohannis demands re-examination of law on awarding doctor’s degree
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday announced he will demand Parliament to re-examine a law regarding emergency ordinance of the Government GEO 4/2016 regulating the award of the doctor’s degree.
“(…) Doctoral degrees and plagiarisms do not make good fellows, and a law was sent to me for promulgation approving emergency ordinance of the Government GEO 4/2016 amending and supplementing Law 1/2001 on education. I will not promulgate this law, but I will send it back to Parliament, because the amendments it brings fail to set in place a legal framework that truly stimulates personal achievements and encourages excellence in doctoral schools. The law does not guarantee that integrity rules are respected, as it also does not clarify the juridical aspects of preventing and penalising slippages form these integrity rules, and I mean here first of all plagiarisms,” Iohannis told journalists at a news conference at Cotroceni Palace on Thursday.
He added that regaining public trust in doctoral schools in Romania is vital.
“High performance should prevail, personal merits should be acknowledged and slippages should be penalised. I want us to put a halt to plagiarism, and to do this, I believe we need a legislation stimulating personal achievements, securing transparence in the award of doctoral degrees and also clarifying how the degrees may be withdrawn when there is proof the doctoral thesis is copied or plagiarised,” said Iohannis.
He added that these matters are not well clarified and that is why he will ask Parliament to resume debates on the issue.
On May 9, the Senate passed Government GEO 4/2016 regulating the award of the doctor’s degree
Public procurement laws promulgated
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday announced having promulgated the package of public procurement laws.
“There is a package of four laws regulating public procurement recently approved by Parliament, and I have promulgated them today,” Iohannis told journalists at Cotroceni Palace.