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Slovenia: Calls for political unity in the fight against the pandemic

At a meeting in Brdo near Kranj on Wednesday, leaders of Slovenian parliamentary parties and parliamentary groups, Health Minister Janez Poklukar and a medical expert group, along with President Borut Pahor, debated strategy to fight the epidemic and emergency changes in care. health system

“Today we gathered in Brdo near Kranj as political leaders and professionals entrusted to successfully end the health crisis as soon as possible, in the best interests of all,” said Slovenian President Borut Pahor after almost four hours of consultation, announcing that they will meet again “within a month, and perhaps sooner. “The maturity of Slovenian politics in this situation can be assessed by how and to what extent stakeholders are able to focus on the most important issue of the time, and that is overcoming the health crisis and recovering from it,” Pahor said. adding that there are other issues that, despite this situation, can not be removed from the agenda.He assessed that what emerged from the meeting was the consensus that seeking solutions together would give better results for all.

Health Minister Janez Poklukar said the meeting highlighted differing views among political parties, but was nevertheless constructive and that efforts had been made to achieve the best possible control over the epidemic. “We talked about an imminent third wave,” he said, adding that NHS capacity is a constraint that dictates curbing the epidemic.

Considering relaxation measures is simply not possible, Poklukar said. “Today, experts called on politicians to take a unifying stance in the fight against the epidemic and, in the event of difficult situations, to show a common stance that can be understood by the general public,” he continued. As he said, they agreed to hold such meetings once a month, but even more often in case the situation worsens.

“The purpose of the meeting is to exchange views and opinions on key issues and important measures for a successful strategy to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic, including possible proposals for urgent systematic changes in the NHS,” the president’s office announced. .

As in February, representatives of the LMS and the Left did not attend this conference. “Since the last conference you organized a month ago in Brdo near Kranj, nothing has changed regarding the work of the government. The administration led by Prime Minister Janez Janša continues to undermine the democratic structure and its institutions on a daily basis. The fight against the media continues; he attacks the Constitutional Court, denies citizens the fundamental right to freedom of expression and protest, and more, yet you remain silent, “claimed yesterday Luka Mesec, the director of the Left.

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