Health Minister survives no-confidence vote

THE OPPOSITION failed in its attempt to oust Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská at its extraordinary session on the night of October 24 after all the MPs of the ruling Smer party voted against the no-confidence motion.

THE OPPOSITION failed in its attempt to oust Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská at its extraordinary session on the night of October 24 after all the MPs of the ruling Smer party voted against the no-confidence motion.

With 128 MPs present in the room, only 50 opposition deputies voted to express no-confidence to the minister.

The opposition has criticised Zvolenská over completing the tender process for licences for helicopter emergency services in Bratislava and Trenčín late, leaving a five day window where there were no such services. The life of a woman who died in a car accident in Bratislava Region during this period could have been saved if rescue helicopters had been able to attend, the opposition alleged.

The government insisted recalling of Zvolenská was part of an election campaign, the SITA newswire wrote, and denies any connection between the fatal accident from September 13 in which a woman aged 39 was seriously injured and needed expert treatment in Bratislava but did not reach the capital in time.

Source: Sme, SITA, TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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