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Greek Deputy Minister: “I Came to Your TV-Show Because I Have Nothing to Do at the Ministry”

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.

news sources: Skai TV, ProtoThema, NET TV,


Sic relictis imperium minister 🙂

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  1. “I came to your show, because I have nothing to do at the ministry,”

    I would have thought now, given the state of health care in Greece that there is plenty to do. How about a little initiative, maybe kicking some butt here and there and get things going as they should? Or at least get them going, that would be a major achievement. Whinging in front of the TV cameras is not really the way to go about filling a ministerial post, with or without brief, is it now?

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    until now citizens used to speak to TV cameras when they had a complain. Apprantely ministers have to do it as well. this state is hopeless.

  3. Hmmm, ministers get paid to at least do something. Didn’t think complaining was part of that “something”. Citizens do the paying, and media is the logical place for them to go to complain. After all, the citizens complaint would be on behalf of the community, or at least a section of the community.
    But as a minister, if you can indeed not do the job, or aren’t allowed to, resign and then go to the media. But complaining on full pay? Seems like a case of wanting to both have and eat the cake…

  4. keeptalkinggreece

    maybe she doesn’t get full pay as she has nothing to do (wishful thinking lol)

  5. There always something to do, at every job there’s room for improvements. She should be at her desk, learning about the regulations, the budget and the administrative structure, then identify problems and shortcomings and come up with solutions. Like a plan to implement data collection at the ministry in order to become independent from the industry!

    If she can’t muster the initiative to find something reasonable to do for her salary, she should resign, so that her position can be filled with someone who is more enterprising. That she didn’t get the position she wanted is no reason for complains nowadays. I don’t think the hundreds of thousands of Greeks without any job have much sympathy for her luxury problems. What did she expect, really? Everybody who is able to read the papers knows that the Greek administration is a total mess. What’s necessary now are industrious folks who put hard work into cleaning up the Augias stable, not bellyachers who only complain about the conditions.

  6. keeptalkinggreece

    reminds me of the old Hollywood film with KDouglas, LTurner when a schript writer hindered in his writing by his wife kept saying “I started to work!” but couldn’t work …

  7. I cannot speak about this specific instance, but generally the Troika does not want initiatives from Greece. It wants people to follow their order — and destroy the country in the process. Probably no minister has anything to do.

  8. Well and its not even August, when she will be alone in her ministry office….

  9. I don’t think that this situation is uncommon in the Greek public sector. Lack of direction at executive positions of government are primarily caused by the appointment of people who may be specialised in their fields but are really inexperienced in management. Given that she is a professor in a Greek university, she probably has no experience outside of this environment. I saw the same thing when I was working in a ministry, my boss knew much about his field but was a terrible manager. The minitries themselves are in need of restructuring. I’m from Canada originally, where the deputy ministers are not elected officials but professional non-partisan technocrats with tenure. They basically run each ministry and remain while the politically appointed leaders change. The political figures only make decisions on policy not on administration. This way the wheel does not have to be reinvented every time a new prime minister is elected, like it is in Greece.

  10. You have a similar system in Ireland. Not exactly an example of good management and efficiency either, despite the administators staying while politicians move on (or so we hope).
    It’s fine until the rot sets in and administrative appointments become political appointments under the guise of. Back to square one.
    And this lady was indeed a political appointee, if I’m not mistaken by Dem Left. But it doesn’t matter, this kind of appointment should not happen. And there should be a system allowing for the immediate removal of unsuitable/unwilling/incompetent people as well, no guarantees, not even for the politicians. Can’t/won’t do the job properly? Bye Bye!. But again, political cronyism made sure that countries get stuck with completely unsuitable, incompetent “managers”.
    Today, the problem is made worse by the very evident unholy alliance between the financial world and the political world. It is as damaging as years ago the unholy alliance between the religious world and the political world, or the military world and the political world was. If history teaches us one thing, it’s how easy the political world can be bought and moulded to suit the needs of “vested interests” instead of the needs of those they are supposed to look after, the people of a country who voted for them. Alvin Toffler gives a very good account of how these alliances emerge, and the damage they do in his book “The Third Wave”. Well worth the read of just the opening chapters.