Experienced doctor and politician given EU health briefBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5652 (Published 15 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5652
- Rory Watson
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 …