Opposition leader challenges PM to debate on Poland’s healthcare
February 18, 2014
PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski
Leader of the main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski Monday said he was ready to invite Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to a debate on the country’s healthcare system to be held on March 3.
In a new political program for Poland presented by PiS on Saturday the party among others proposed the abolishment of Poland's health-fund-distributing National Health Fund (NFZ) and the takeover of healthcare financing by the Health Ministry.
Government spokesperson Ma≥gorzata Kidawa-Blonska told reporters that Tusk was ready to participate in a debate with Kaczynski.
"The PM said he was ready and willing to speak and answer questions. He would also like to know more about the effects PiS's proposals could have on the national economy", Kidawa-Blonska said.
Leftwing opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) invited both Tusk and Kaczynski to a "European" debate on health shortly before this May's EP elections.
Tusk had earlier criticized the program presented by PiS and also
called Kaczynski to face him in a debate saying that only those who do not govern and therefore do not have to take responsibility for their words can promise large-scale social spending, early retirement, new jobs and high wages at the same time, Tusk said on Saturday.
Junior coalition partner Polish People's Party (PSL) disagreed to a meeting only between Tusk and Kaczynski, saying this threatened to split Poland's political scene and ran against democratic lore.