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Experienced doctor and politician given EU health brief

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5652 (Published 15 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5652
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

Vytenis Andriukaitis, a leading Lithuanian politician, has been nominated to take charge of the European Commission’s public health portfolio for the next five years. The 63 year old has a wealth of practical and political experience both as a medical practitioner and former health minister.

He has a degree in medicine, specialising in surgery (he worked as a cardiac surgeon between 1975 and 1993), and until recently had been Lithuania’s health minister since 2012. He had a prominent role as chairman of meetings of the European Union’s 28 health ministers …

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