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Health Minister isn't concerned about potential conflict of interest at UDZS

Former Health Minister Ivan Valentovič will probably take up a post as supervisory board chairman of the Health Care Supervision Office (ÚDZS) while staying on as an adviser to the state-run health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP).

Former Health Minister Ivan Valentovič will probably take up a post as supervisory board chairman of the Health Care Supervision Office (ÚDZS) while staying on as an adviser to the state-run health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP).

But current Health Minister Richard Raši insists that that there is no reason to assume that a conflict of interest will arise when the supervisory board deals with VšZP’s flaws. He reminded journalists that Valentovič is an adviser to the insurer and not an executive there. In contrast, the minister dismissed two members of the supervisory board who are both directors of private health care facilities, calling it unethical.

On June 25, the Cabinet approved changes to the ÚDZS supervisory board. It proposed recalling chairman Vojtech Lazar and three members, but left the deputy chairman in his post. The opposition will replace one recalled member. Opposition deputy Viliam Novotný (SDKÚ-DS), however, thinks that the council has been revamped for political reasons.

"Why are you changing them in half-time?" he asked the coalition. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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