The protest of medics and the government’s decisions in this matter were commented on in “Rozmowa Piaseckiego” by the PO MP Izabela Leszczyna, former deputy finance minister. – The PiS government took shortcuts and first gave away the money that it de facto did not have and told people: heal yourselves – she said. – In other countries, the tax redistribution system is not as generous as in Poland, because other governments believe that it is the duty of the state to first provide good health protection, good education, and then, if it stays, we give money to people – she assessed.
On Saturday, health care workers marched through the streets of Warsaw in protest, and then created “White Town 2.0” near the Chancellery of the Prime Minister (Chancellery of the Prime Minister). The protesters gathered in the town announce that they will stay there until their demands are fulfilled. Among other things, they are demanding higher wages and changes to the system. “White Town 2.0” refers to the nurses’ protest in summer 2007.
Hazel on the protest of health workers
The protest was commented on Tuesday by the PO MP Izabela Leszczyna, former deputy finance minister, in “Rozmowa Piaseckiego” on TVN24. When asked where to find funds to implement the demands of the “White Town”, she replied that “this is a question about the government’s priorities.” “Every government around the world has a specific budget and every government is short of money,” she said.
– This government had four years of great economic prosperity and large budget revenues – she emphasized. – If we were to eliminate all the funds that were created during the PiS era, i.e. several dozen of them, if we gave up all sorts of strange investments, subsidizing television, I assure you that today I am able to find 1.5 percent of GDP, which is definitely more than 30 billion zlotys in the PiS budget each year, which are unnecessarily thrown away because they are ineffective – Leszczyna assessed.
She gave the fourteenth pension as an example. – Please ask any pensioner if he or she would prefer to receive the fourteenth pension, or would they prefer to be medically cared for? To really have access to a decent specialist, to have drugs really for free – she said.
– In other countries, the tax redistribution system is not as generous as in Poland, because other governments believe that it is the duty of the state to first provide good health protection, good education, and then, if it stays, we give people money. The PiS government took shortcuts and first gave away the money that it de facto did not have and told people to “heal yourself” – commented Leszczyna.
Leszczyna: pressure on the government on the one hand, talks with the European Commission on the other
The former deputy finance minister said that she would be pleased with payments from the European Union allocated to the National Reconstruction Plan, but in her opinion “two things should be done at once”. – On the one hand, the pressure on the government here “you have to liquidate the Disciplinary Chamber”, because judges must regain at least some of this independence – she specified. – On the other hand, talks with the European Commission that it really is how Donald Tusk he said perfectly well that PiS is a temporary problem for Poles – she added.
– I am sure that the European Commission will be able to soften this demolition of the judiciary also with its next steps, because please remember that the next tranches from the KPO will be paid out when these so-called milestones are met – she said.
According to her, Law and Justice will “go back in small steps”, and “for now we will start with the Disciplinary Chamber”. She added that when PiS liquidated the Disciplinary Chamber, democracy in the country would be “a little less fragile”.
“It will still be terrible with her condition,” she continued. – As long as Ziobro is Minister of Justice, and Poland will be ruled by Kaczyński, it will be difficult with her. This is what Donald Tusk is about – they will rule for two more years, you cannot keep these funds for two years, because we really need them – explained Leszczyna.
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