SDP, Health Minister exchange arguments on hospitals' bailout

Social Democratic Party (SDP)  lawmaker Ingrid Anticevic Marinovic on Thursday accused the government of proposing amendments to the legislation on the hospitals' financial rehabilitation only to get rid of the hospitals' financial rehabilitation boards, while Health Minister Darko Nakic insisted that bailout schemes did not help troubled health institutions.

During a parliamentary debate, Anticevic-Marinovic said that the rationale for the government proposal was to relieve the financial rehabilitation boards, and she claimed that some of the hospitals under the bailout procedure had started making positive financial results.

On the other hand, Minister Nakic presented figures that all but one of those hospitals continued generating losses.

Nakic also accused the previous SDP-government of having appointed directors in charge of implementing bailout schemes in the hospitals concerned without any public advertisement for those positions.

"Bailout has failed to reach its goal," the minister said during the parliamentary debate.

Currently, 31 hospitals are under the bailout procedure. If the government proposal for amending the relevant law is accepted by the parliament, the authority over those hospitals will be transferred back to their founders, that is the respective counties.

At the start of the bailout programme, it was established that those hospitals accrued the  loss of HRK 2.1 billion. During 2013 and 2014, a total of HRK 3.5 billion was earmarked for their bailout. At the end of 2105, it was established that those hospitals had losses in the amount of HRK 1.83 billion, with the debt rising since then.

(EUR 1 = HRK 7.6)

Last update: Thu, 17/03/2016 - 12:16
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