Lat­vian pe­ti­tion to spend cen­te­nary money on cancer treat­ment reaches MPs

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The Lat­vian pop­u­lar pe­ti­tion to spend on cancer treat­ment the fund­ing in­tended for the cel­e­bra­tions of the cen­te­nary of Latvia, has reached the Saeima and leg­is­la­tors will view the ini­tia­tive in the par­lia­ment’s Man­date, Ethics and Sub­mis­sions Com­mit­tee.

The Saeima Press Ser­vice re­ported on Tues­day, Au­gust 28, that this ini­tia­tive on the on­line pe­ti­tion plat­form Man­a­ has at­tracted the sup­port of more than 10 000 peo­ple, who have signed it elec­tron­i­cally.

The author of the plan, Alvils Puričs-Aurels, rea­soned in the de­scrip­tion of the ini­tia­tive pub­lished in Novem­ber, 2017, that Latvia had ear­marked 60 mil­lion eu­ros for the fes­tive events for the year of the cen­te­nary, while Fin­land had spent «only 19 mil­lion» on its 100th birth­day.

Puričs-Aurels be­lieves that the funds should be spent on com­pen­sat­ing more ef­fec­tive cancer med­i­ca­tions and in­crease the fund­ing of on­co­log­i­cal surg­eries and chemo­ther­apy as pa­tients of­ten turn to do­na­tion plat­forms to ask for help and money for treat­ment abroad.

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