The work of the Health Inspectorate needs a change / Day

As Lāsma Bindere, the Minister’s Communication Adviser, told LETA to discuss the work of the Health Inspectorate in protecting patients’ rights, communicating with patients and the public, the Minister of Health will meet remotely with the Head of the Health Inspectorate Anita Slokenberg on Monday.

The Minister is also expected to discuss with Slokenberg the Inspectorate’s proposals for improving the control of doctors’ professional conduct, which the Minister had previously requested to be developed.

Pavluts also intends to create a comprehensive and wide-ranging discussion in the near future on how to improve the cooperation between medical personnel and patients in order to achieve a common goal – to improve the patient’s health, in accordance with the tendencies of modern society.

In connection with the public information about the immunologist Yevgeny Nikiforenko, who may have performed manipulations inappropriate to his specialty, which patients described as sexual harassment, the Minister of Health has instructed the Health Inspectorate to conduct a service inspection. It will also aim to clarify the factual and legal circumstances surrounding the destruction of test materials requested by the media.

It has already been reported that the Minister of Health will initiate an investigation into the activities of the Health Inspectorate, misleading journalists about the availability of investigative materials evaluating the work of immunologist Nikiforenko, which several patients assessed as possible sexual exploitation, and later destroying the materials.

Latvijas Radio reported that during the journalistic investigation, the Health Inspectorate had misled journalists that the inspectorate no longer had available investigative materials on the possible violations of the immunologist.

The journalist last requested the documents at the end of August 2021, but the inspectorate stated that all documents about the time of the inspection had already been “archived or destroyed”, although the documents were neither sent to the archives nor destroyed at that time. It was later revealed that the Health Inspectorate had requested permission from the archives to destroy the documents for almost two months in the interests of the journalist.

The case was destroyed last autumn, shortly before the publication of the doctor. The head of the Health Inspectorate Anita Slokenberga explained that this was done because “it is a ten-year-old thing and, according to the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers, it is kept for ten years, therefore this case has been destroyed”. “Knowing the interest of the media and the importance of potential documents, the Health Inspectorate could choose to include or not to destroy these documents for archiving,” the radio notes.

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