Director of National Health Services announces resignation

  • 2020-05-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Edgars Labsvirs will step down as director of the National Health Service on May 31, the service's representative Sintija Gulbe informed LETA.

Labasvirs announced his decision to resign today.

Labsvirs said that already at the beginning of this year he informed the health minister of his decision to leave his position at the National Health Service and accept new professional challenges. But as the Covid-19 emergency broke out, an agreement was reached that he would lead the National Health Service through the toughest period of the coronvirus crisis.

"We were unanimous that an agency playing one of the central roles in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic has to be kept as stable as possible so that it can respond to the new crisis challenges," Labsvirs said. 

Now that Latvia is taking the first steps towards existing the state of emergency, the time has come for a "change of guard" and Labsvirs plans to leave the National Health Service on May 31. 

Lasbvirs said though that he would still continue to cooperate with the State Audit Office and the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) on inquiries launched over a procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Labsvirs has been heading the National Health Service since October 1, 2019. Since 2018 he was the National Health Service's deputy deputy director for healthcare administration.