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Premier Florin Citu taking over as acting Health Minister until coalition partners make a nomination

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Florin Cîțu

Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Wednesday evening having taken over as acting Health Minister after Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna refused to accept this responsibility and that he will stay in office until "the coalition colleagues" make a nomination for the Health portfolio.

Citu mentioned that he has two online conferences scheduled on Thursday with the Public Health Directorate (DSP) heads and with COVID hospital managers, confirms.

"Along with the proposal to dismiss Mr. Vlad Voiculescu from office, I sent Mr. President the proposal to appoint Mr. Dan Barna as interim Health Minister. Given Mr. Dan Barna's refusal to take on this responsibility at this time, I forwarded to the President of Romania a new proposal for the job - myself, a proposal that has been accepted. I will therefore take over as interim Health Minister until our coalition colleagues appoint a minister to take over these responsibilities," Florin Citu said on Wednesday at the Victoria Palace of Government.

The head of the Executive specified that he already had a meeting with a part of the Health Ministry's leadership.

"Tomorrow I will have two online conferences, with all the DSP directors and all the directors of COVID hospitals. In this difficult period, our priority remains ensuring the 1,600 intensive care beds and managing this rough stretch," Citu pointed out.


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