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The Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) Health Committee on Thursday lambasted Zoran Milanovic's government, claiming that a large portion of the 100 billion kuna spent for the health system over the past four years was spent on luxury and wastefulness, trips abroad and unnecessary employment in the ministry which they dubbed 'the Monty Python Circus'.

One hundred billion kuna of budget money wasn't spent for direct protection of citizens' health but on consultation and counselling contracts for semi-defined pilot projects, the Committee's chair, Ante Corusic, told a press conference, adding that since 2012 consulting contracts were signed on a monthly basis and money was spent to purchase new lap tops and mobile phones and various visual equipment from various companies.

A total of HRK 150 million was spent on IT in health alone over the past four years yet not one project that had been announced has been realised. "Hospitals aren't networked, e-referrals aren't working, e-appointments aren't functioning and now they are talking about another - e-newborn - project without explaining what that means or what its purpose is. The only IT project that is operational is e-prescription and that is a project implemented during the HDZ's rule," Corusic said.

He presented data from the European Health Consumer Index report for 2015 according to which 53% of patients in Croatia and 25% of health workers are unhappy or very unhappy with the health system.

"According to the report, of the 28 European member states only Latvia falls behind Croatia. Since Zoran Milanovic has taken the helm of the country, Croatia has slipped from 17th place to 23rd with regard to the health system. Croatia is falling behind while other transition countries are making progress," Corusic said.

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