Greek Deputy Health Minister Fotini Skopouli is claiming the “Oscar for Sincerity”. She appeared in the morning magazine of state broadcaster NET TV on Tuesday. What the professor for Pathology-Immunology at the Harokopio University said stunned the journalists and the viewers alike – and more than those, Samaras’ government as well.
“I came to your show, because I have nothing to do at the ministry,” Skopouli said in a disarming and yet critical tune. “I have no responsibilities yet and it is good that the people know how the situation is,” she added.
If this was not enough, Skopouli criticez the Health Ministry for not having records and own data about drugs and medicine but using the data issued by the pharmaceutical companies.
She expressed her discontent about the delays in the allocation of responsibilities in a ministry that has to deal with very crucial issues like the prescription medicine, the pharmacists boycotts and several austerity cuts in the country’s health sector.
Skopouli is reportedly interested to get assigned in the prescription medicine sector, a post allegedly claimed by another deputy health minister, medicine professor Marios Salmas. Greek media claim that similira problems occur in other ministries as well.
The second woman in Samaras’ government was appointed deputy health minister after a proposal of coalition government partner, centre/left-wing Democratic Left.
As expected the controversial statement of the deputy minister sparked a debate, with some saying “she should leave the office, if she has nothing to do and thus she disagrees with the government.”
On Wednesday morning rumors were high that she was indeed about to resign from the government. Her aides dismissed such rumors.
We’ll wait and see, if she is the next to jump from the derailing Greek train.
Sic relictis imperium minister