Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that salaries for doctors and nurses will increase by 15 per cent, because, as he claims, the public healthcare system is being reorganized and the opportunities for corruption are diminishing.
He also announced a salary increase for soldiers, police officers, social workers and public administration staff.
“We have many problems with finances in health care and we spend a lot of money on it. We have also made a lot of progress in this area. But, there were instances when we gave 10 million EUR to a general hospital, and when we asked them about the situation with their stock, they did not have clue because nobody has been keeping records there for decades,” Vucic added.
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Vucic also said that when he was the deputy prime minister, the minimum wage was 16,000 dinars, while now the demand is for the minimum wage to go up to 32,000 dinars.
“We can’t burden the private sector to that extent. We have to consider if the private sector can bear these costs. We have to worry about both the workers and the private sector,” said Vucic.
He also mentioned that many people have been complaining about the state of the roads in Serbia, even if, according to him, they were better than in “many European cities”.
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