RIGA - For Development's priorities in the 2021 budget talks will be healthcare and raising salaries for medics, the chairman of the Saeima's Budget, Finance and Tax Committee Martins Bondars (For Development) told LETA.
He stressed that politicians have owed years of increased funding for healthcare to improve access to services for patients and improve the healthcare system as a whole. Bondars pointed out that increasing the salaries of medics is important because of the current shortage of healthcare workers, especially nurses.
Asked about the sources of funds for increasing the salaries of doctors, Bondars pointed out that the government should develop an appropriate approach in finding these funds and that the Cabinet of Ministers understands the need to allocate the necessary amount of funding.
Asked about the increase in the budget deficit allowed by certain coalition politicians, Bondars pointed out that it is not right to cover the expenses of the current budget at the expense of future generations. If the relevant expenditures are intended to improve the lives of future generations, the authors of the proposals must present this in their offer, said the politician.