Health Minister appears to concede to Christian Democrat demands

10-11-2008

The embattled Health Minister Tomáš Julínek appears to have signalled that his is ready to concede to the demands of coalition minority partners the Christian Democrats as he moves forward with controversial reforms. The agreement was apparently made on Monday in the city of Brno following a meeting between Mr Julínek and the Christian Democrat head Jiří Čunek. The Christian Democrats have long signalled opposition to elements of healthcare reform that deal with abortions, in-vitro fertilisation and other such social-moral issues. News of an apparent compromise will provide a temporary boost to the embattled Health Minister, whose position is largely viewed as particularly shaky following his Civic Democratic party’s wide scale defeat in recent local elections.