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Chamber debates simple motion against HealthMin. Voiculescu: Budget of Health Ministry’s activities higher than the previous year, but not enough. Bill under Parliament debate not to mandate COVID-19 vaccination

The Chamber of Deputies is discussing today a simple motion tabled by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) against Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu.

A vote on the motion is set to take place at a plenary session on Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, PSD submitted to a plenary meeting of the Chamber the simple motion called “Incompetence and lack of commitment kill! Vlad Voiculescu, a danger to the health and life of Romanians,” signed by 109 Social-Democratic MPs.

In the motion, PSD demands the resignation of Voiculescu arguing that in the time since his inauguration they saw “that much incoherence, lack of professionalism and commitment as has not been seen in the last 30 years.”

The initiators claim that, after the fire tragedies at the county hospital in Piatra-Neamt and the Matei Bals hospital in Bucharest, Voiculescu admits “serenely” that he did nothing of what he claimed should be done urgently when he was in the Opposition.

Under the rules of procedure, the simple motion was approved by a majority of the MPs in attendance, Agerpres reports.

 

Voiculescu: Bill  under Parliament debate does not mandate COVID-19 vaccination

 

The Health Ministry supports the vaccination law, Minister Vlad Voiculescu declared on Monday, explaining that there is a vaccination bill under Parliament debate, which is not related to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.

“It’s good to clarify this. There is a bill under Parliament debate, but there is no connection between this piece of legislation and the COVID-19 vaccination. There was a confusion. We are talking about a law that is in Parliament, it could take one way or another,” Voiculescu said when asked if the Ministry supports mandatory vaccination.

When asked if the Health Ministry supports the fast-track adoption of the bill in Parliament, Voiculescu replied that “the Ministry supports the vaccination law. (…) If you look at the current situation of the vaccination law in Parliament, you see that there is a requirement for getting informed.”

Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Monday that vaccination for the novel coronavirus will not be mandatory.

“There is a bill that has been in Parliament for three years now, it has nothing to do with the ongoing vaccination campaign. It’s a bill in the debate of the Romanian Parliament. That document is a copy and paste of the policies of the last three years, so it has nothing to do with what is happening now. (…) There were no such talks. I have also seen Secretary of State Raed Arafat saying clearly what I am saying now: the COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory; that is out of question,” Citu said at the Parliament House when asked about the possibility of mandating mass vaccination.

 

Budget of Health Ministry’s activities higher than the previous year, but not enough

 

 

Minister of Health Vlad Voiculescu declared on Monday that the budget actually remaining this year for the Ministry’s activities is “slightly higher” than the previous year, but “it is not enough”.

“The Health Budget is made up of the National Health Insurance House budget and the Ministry of Health’s budget, and if we look over the budget of the Ministry of Health, we are also talking about a part which was transferred on to the House fund and the other one that actually remains for the activities of the Ministry of Health. This last part I am talking about is slightly higher this year, compared to the previous one. It is not enough and the main problem are the costs coming this year and which will probably not be repeated in 2022, but for this, I have received assurances that we will find solutions. My colleagues were at the Ministry of Public Finances this morning and we have also had discussions now within the coalition, a solution will be found to these issues,” Voiculescu said in Parliament.

Asked if he is pleased with the received budget, Voiculescu said: “I do not believe that there is a single minister within this government who is completely pleased with the budget they received. We have a lot to do, but it is a budget which allows us to invest, a budget which allows us to urgently solve problems, a budget which is still under discussion”.

 

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