Romania: Citu fires Health Minister amid efforts to maintain trust in state institutions

According to Agerpres reports, Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Wednesday that he had removed Vlad Voiculescu from his post as health minister to ensure “that trust in state institutions remains”.

Citu said: “Romania has been going through a tough ground in the fight against the pandemic for a year now. (….) In order for this war to be successful, there is always a need for trust in state institutions, in the institutions that manage this difficult period. In this context and to ensure that trust in institutions remains, today I decided to make a change in the leadership of the Ministry of Health. I want to assure Romanians that I strongly believe in this ruling coalition, because it is a governing coalition formed by the Romanian vote, around the same values, certain ideas and not certain people. ”

On Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree with the resignation of Vlad Voiculescu from the post of Minister of Health, according to a statement from the Presidency. According to the government announcement, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna will serve as caretaker Prime Minister.

Finally, the head of government fired Andreea Moldovan from the post of Deputy Minister of Health.

Vlad Voiculescu was one of the stars of the reformist USR-PLUS alliance, yet his second term as Romania’s health minister was cut short by just four months.

In just three months, Voiculescu clashed with liberal mayors and ministers and with the prime minister himself, prompting reactions from the main opposition and local media about failing to manage the COVID-19 crisis when, in fact, he barely had a chance to do so. .

According to members of the Voiculescu party, the decision may be due to reforms he initiated, which included replacing hospital directors, who manage a significant portion of Romania’s health budget, with new appointments through public tenders.

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