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||Romania: President Basescu urges professional public administration and halt in wasting healthcare resources
||Thursday, September 23, 2010
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||Sep 23, 2010
In a speech on Tuesday to a plenary session of
Parliament, President Traian Basescu said that the public administration needs
to get professional so that staff recruitment may be conducted along competence
lines and not political ones, also stressing that what he called the waste of
healthcare resources should be halted.
‘Public wages were cut by 25 percent. I know that this has generated
dissatisfactions and frustration. Wages in the public sector are very small for
those early in their careers. Likewise, there are public employees with
experience and seniority who deserve better pay, but we all should realise that
we have an oversized administrative apparatus. We have public counters that only
waste time and get on the citizens’ nerves,’ said Basescu.
He added that turning the public administration professional is an essential
objective of Romania’s in the next years so that there will not be many public
employees on small wages but a corps of well-paid elite professionals. The
President added that a structural analysis is needed accompanied by staff
recruitment along performance lines and not political ones. ‘This is an ongoing
process that the Government has to accelerate.
Excessive politicisation is the enemy of high performance in the
Administration. Periodical replacements on political grounds at all levels have
led to poorly performing, weak institutions today that are not able to generate
long-term vision and projects, that are unable to absorb European funds,’ said
The President argued the education system and the healthcare system
are not properly funded yet, but it is important that the existing resources
should be correctly used.
‘A great share of the resources are within the systems and all it takes is a
fair allocation of the resources. It is inadmissible that over the past ten
years healthcare appropriations have increased almost four times but services
quality has not improved. This is clear proof that system under-funding is not
the first problem, but the waste of resources and inefficient management are,’
He said the Government should continue to reform these systems, decentralise
and rank schools and healthcare units so that the existing money will encourage
The President pointed out that inequities in the public
sector should be eliminated under a law that will set the right pay ratios
between various categories of employees.
Basescu said social programmes and
pensions make up 46 percent of the Government’s revenues and the weight of
public wages in the Budget is 30 percent of the Government receipts.
He pointed out that this spring Romania agreed in a memorandum with the
International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the World Bank to carry out
measures that will further curtail public spending.
‘This agreement means a
comeback to reality. But there is only one reality: we can no longer spend more
than what the Romanian economy can generate and we also can no longer borrow
money for consumption only,’ said Basescu.