Vlad Voiculescu on Friday took oath of office before President Klaus Iohannis to become Romania’s next health minister.
Attending the swear-in ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest were also Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, members of his Cabinet, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea and presidential advisers.
Under a decree issued on Friday, President Iohannis appointed Voiculescu the health minister.
On May 9, Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu tendered his resignation as the health minister. Later on, Prime Minister Ciolos agreed with Iohannis to take over the office pending the appointment of a full-time minister.
President Iohannis to new Health Minister: This is a chance to get involved and correct systemic issues
President Klaus Iohannis told Vlad Voiculescu, the newly sworn-in Health Minister, that serving in this office gives him the possibility to correct the systemic issues in the area.
“You now have the chance to get involved from the minister office and correct the systemic issues in healthcare,” Iohannis said at the swearing-in ceremony of Vlad Voiculescu as Health Minister.
In his opinion, it is a paradox that this Government, which took over a very limited tenure, must fight a host “of problems, most of which date back long ago.”
“Despite the tendency in the public space to throw the problems at this government, I believe it is both a good and a bad thing. It is a bad thing that brave enough people to take up this short mandate take the blame,” Iohannis said.
The head of state assured the new minister he has his entire support and all the freedom to come up with public policies in the healthcare area, meant to definitely improve the system.
“You really have the chance to correct things. You will certainly not be able to correct all issues, but this political independence gives you a surprising freedom to engage and remedy the systemic issues others left unsolved because they were afraid of their own party and sometimes of the Opposition, and very rarely of the public opinion. You shall have all the freedom and my support to come up with public policies in this specific case, in the healthcare area, capable to definitely improve the system, in the end for the only purpose this system is worth functioning for – the people, so that the expression ‘the patient at the core of the healthcare system’ doesn’t stay just a slogan, but turns into reality,” Iohannis said.
He congratulated the new minister on “bravely” taking over the mandate.
“You are known to many because you got involved at some point in a matter related to Romania’s healthcare system when many had lost hope. Back then you managed to solve an extremely complicated problem, with the cytostatic drugs, you gave back hope to many sick people, but most importantly you gave back hope to those who had faith all the time, but did not see how the system could be corrected,” the head of state also said.
PM Ciolos: I will grant support to the health minister for genuine healthcare reform
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Friday had a first meeting with the newly sworn-in Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu, at the Health Ministry, saying that he will grant his entire support to the minister for a genuine healthcare reform.
“My first business meeting with new Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu at the Health Ministry. I recommended Vlad Voiculescu for the office after serious consideration of choosing between a man from the system and an outsider who knows the field but who will come with the credibility of an unbiased vision, with ideas for reform and development of the system. Vlad is an economist with a background in bank and finance management, but who got to know the healthcare system of Romania well because he got involved in the area on behalf of the NGOs while directly working in a very structured and professional manner with Romanian doctors,” Ciolos said Friday in a post on his Facebook page.
He added that, given the current circumstances and public expectations, he decided to take a risk by recommending Vlad Voiculescu to take over the office of health minister.
“Given the current situation, the huge public expectations and the existing tensions inside the healthcare system, because very many honest doctors find it difficult to accept or integrate generalised criticisms of the system, I have decided to take a risk and come up with this recommendation. His tenure starts today, and I want to underscore that I will continue to provide my entire support for paving the way for a genuine reform in the healthcare system,” said Ciolos.
Early next week new health minister will present envisaged measures
Premier Dacian Ciolos on Friday said that the newly appointed Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu, will complete his team this weekend, and early next week he will present the measures he has in view for the months to come.
“I had a short meeting with the ministry leadership. Mr Minister remained to discuss with the collaborators and he told me that this weekend he will complete his team and early next week he will announce in a press conference the measures he has in view and the programme he wants to implement in the coming months,” the PM said at the Health Ministry seat, after the investiture of the new minister.
The Prime Minister mentioned that he told the incoming health minister he didn’t expect a deep cutting reform of the system, because this isn’t achievable in a few months, however he underscored that there is enough “matter” to define, in the coming months, a set of measures to make the system work more efficiently.