Heger to propose merger of health and labour ministries

Health Minister Leoš Heger intends to propose the merger of his ministry with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Dr Heger told the daily Lidové noviny that the idea emerged after the cabinet was asked to find programmes in their ministries that could be cancelled. A number of issues, such as long-term health care, are handled by both ministries which complicates communication among officials. Prime Minister Petr Nečas has said he is theoretically in favour of the plan however the finance and labour ministers have doubted whether it will actually happen. Mr Nečas has long been in favour of doing away with the Ministry of Regional Development.