PM: Julínek must win support for health reforms or exit cabinet

The minister of health, Tomáš Julínek, must gain support for reform of the health system if he is to remain in the cabinet, Prime Minister Topolánek said on Sunday. The unpopularity of health reforms – including fees for doctor’s visits and hospital stays – is believed to have cost the Civic Democrats support in the recent Senate and regional elections. The Czech Doctor’s Chamber, which was holding a national congress, called on Sunday for Mr Julínek to resign. The cabinet is scheduled to discuss further reforms proposed by the health minister on Wednesday. Mr Topolánek is planning a cabinet reshuffle in the wake of the debacle his party suffered in October’s votes.

Author: Ian Willoughby