“Pirogov” is an institution, and doctors are angels. Any interference of “Pirogov” in political struggles is not acceptable, because the hospital treats everyone from the poorest to the richest”, said the director of “Pirogov” Valentin Dimitrov at a briefing.
The largest emergency hospital in our country has been rocked by a scandal, after it became clear on Tuesday that the Minister of Health, Hristo Hinkov, had fired its director, Valentin Dimitrov. The Minister’s motives are violations found in an audit report. Hinkov also announced that the hospital is at a loss of BGN 30 million. Pirogov claims the exact opposite – that they are making a profit and all debts have been paid.
The shooting in “Pirogov” caused upheavals in the non-coalition as well. On Tuesday, GERB said they would boycott the government, DPS also stood firmly behind the hospital’s management. On the same day, the procedure for changing the director was stopped.
Yesterday, Health Minister Hinkov again defended his decision to remove Dimitrov and entered into an absentee dispute with the chairman of the health commission in the parliament, Kostadin Angelov. Hinkov claims that he consulted Angelov about his decision. However, he defined the minister’s words as a lie.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office has started an investigation based on the audit report.