Health Minister keeps job after failed vote of no confidence
January 27, 2014
Poland's lower house Sejm voted down the no-confidence motion against Health Minister Bartosz Arlukowicz, which was submitted by the major opposition party Law and Justice (PiS).
The motion failed 215 to 233 votes with no abstentions. 231 votes would have been needed to dismiss the minister.
Arlukowicz came under heavy criticism during the Thursday debate on the motion. All opposition parties argued for his dismissal as they accused the minister of being responsible for the collapse of the Polish health care system. The opposition MPs also quoted lack of viable health policy and disregard for patients.
PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that Arlukowicz had been named health minister for publicity reasons.
PiS wanted to dismiss Arlukowicz for "deteriorating Poles' healthcare security," the party's motion read. Namely, PiS pointed to increasingly long waiting time for appointments with specialist doctors, the policy of commercialization of public hospitals and what it called a faulty division of funds available for healthcare.
Ruling coalition PO-PSL has 236 votes in the lower chamber.