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New minister to tackle Poland's healthcare crisis

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:252
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    Doctors in Poland have welcomed the appointment on 15 July of Marek Balicki as the new health minister after the surprise resignation of his predecessor, Marian Czakanski, who had been in office for only one month.

    Mr Balicki, a Social Democrat who briefly served as health minister at the beginning of 2003, faces an uphill task to win support for new legislation to reform the country's health service from the country's fragmented parliament by August.

    “I think that Marek Balicki offers a ray of hope, …

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