The chairwoman of the health committee of the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic, Jana Bittó Cigániková (SaS), is concerned that sanctions for violations of the vaccination rules will not discourage hospitals from the vaccination itself. She announced that she was preparing an amendment in committee. He also asks if the changes in the government’s package of amendments related to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic could not wait until next week. She pointed out the lack of time to study the legislative proposal. She pointed out the need to meet at least the basic deadlines. She announced that she would not convene a meeting of the medical committee until 24 hours after the deputies received the bill.
“When the process is fast, even with the best of intentions, it can be a mistake. That is understandable, “said Bittó Cigániková. It does not object to the abbreviated legislative procedure. He asked whether the changes would not wait until at least the following week, so that Members would have time to familiarize themselves with the proposal, to consult it with practitioners. He understands that the situation is serious and cannot be expected. However, he does not agree that all the proposals in the package need to be adopted only a few hours after they are published.
She described the points concerning compliance with the vaccination conditions as problematic. “I understand an intention that I do not consider bad or incomprehensible,” she said. However, she noted that the conditions will be published by the Ministry of Health and now no one knows what will be in them. “I want to see the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, how it will fine its own hospitals,” she said, adding that a fine of 10,000 euros for non-compliance with conditions that are not yet known may cause hospitals not to want to be vaccinated.
The Vice-Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Šeliga (For the People), responded by the fact that the Constitutional Law Committee is already preparing an amendment to this point. Bittó Cigániková stated that she is also planning changes in the health committee. She noted that if they had a government proposal sooner, they could at least have coordinated.
The head of the medical committee also called for compliance with at least the basic deadlines. “Since March, the only problem is that we want to have laws a little earlier, that we want to have at least a day or two, so that we can read the laws, consult with experts,” she said, adding that such rapid approval of laws doesn’t seem fair to her.
The chairman of the ĽSNS, Marian Kotleba, pointed out that the law was “sewn with a hot needle” and also objected to the insufficient time to get acquainted with it. Tomas Taraba (unclassified) added that some deputies did not come to the meeting, because they learned about the meeting from the media only on Wednesday afternoon before it began.
MEP Marek Hattas (For People) pointed out the seriousness of the situation with COVID-19, especially the situation in Nitra. In view of this, it considers instruments such as summary proceedings to be necessary. He reminded that among the changes in the package, there is also a modification needed for area testing.
Ondrej Dostál (SaS) considers that the reasons for the accelerated regime were justified. However, he also talks at least about the basic deadlines for getting acquainted with the proposal or for consulting it with experts. He noted that the opposition also has the right to speak. Therefore, according to him, deadlines should be reduced for days and not hours from the publication of the proposal.
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