Thursday, November 22, 2007

Polish deputy health minister resigns

Poland's new prime minister Thursday accepted the resignation of the deputy health minister amid allegations he might be involved in a corruption scheme.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who took over the office Nov. 11 following his parliamentary election victory last month, was informed about the resignation of Boleslaw Piecha as deputy health minister Wednesday, Polish Radio said Thursday.

Tusk's liberal pro-European Union Civic Platform defeated the conservative, nationalist Law and Justice party, or PiS, of former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski in the election Oct. 21.

Piecha, a member of PiS, resigned in the wake of media allegations he had held private meetings with officials of pharmaceutical companies discussing a list of state-subsidized medicines.

The Polish Dziennik daily Monday said Piecha added an expensive medicine to the list of state-subsidized drugs on the day he had the meeting with an official of that company that produces the medicine.