Neither Minister Purišić nor Ministry are accountable for death of girl J.B., case is politicized

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    The autopsy findings showed that a girl J.B., who died recently, did not have diabetes nor was malnutritioned, and the Cabinet concluded that there was no subjective or objective responsibility of the Minister and the relevant Ministry. The investigation identified certain administrative omissions, which did not affect the outcome of the case; it was said at the press conference held today… Neither Minister Purišić nor Ministry are accountable for death of girl J.B., case is politicized

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    The autopsy findings showed that a girl J.B., who died recently, did not have diabetes nor was malnutritioned, and the Cabinet concluded that there was no subjective or objective responsibility of the Minister and the relevant Ministry. The investigation identified certain administrative omissions, which did not affect the outcome of the case; it was said at the press conference held today.

    On this occasion, the public was addressed today by Vesna Miranović, General Director of the Directorate for Quality Control of Health Care and Human Resources Improvement at the Ministry of Health and Kemal Purišić, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare.

    Ms Miranović pointed out that, from the moment the two-year-old girl was found without signs of life, information were published that the child had been treated for diabetes, had been treated with insulin and died of hunger. She reminded that the mother of the child gave a statement saying that the child had no diabetes, had not used insulin and had been regularly fed, as confirmed today in the autopsy findings delivered to the Prosecutor’s Office.

    The autopsy findings showed that the child had no diabetes, had not died of the disease, had not used insulin, had not died of hunger, but had, on the contrary, been well-cared and well nurtured, Ms Miranović said.

    For the sake of informing the public, Miranović emphasised that insulin is prescription drug, that a huge amount of high quality insulin of the latest generation is present on the Montenegrin market, and that the complete insulin therapy for patients with diabetes is free, regardless of age.

    Srđan Kusovac, Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Public Relations Service of the Government of Montenegro, briefed the public with the details of the extensive discussion that the Cabinet conducted on this topic at yesterday’s session, where the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Kemal Purišić presented so far known facts.

    Respecting the ethical standards, laws, and the fact of the division of power, the Cabinet didn’t say anything about this yesterday. We waited for the relevant state body, in this case the Prosecutor’s Office, to announce the information today, after which we immediately convened a press conference. What is particularly important to say is that the Cabinet yesterday unanimously concluded that there is no subjective or objective accountability of the Minister, as there is no accountability of the relevant Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Adviser said.

    The investigation of this case, he added, identified certain omissions, discussed by Minister Purišić.

    The Minister said that the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare had filed an initiative to the Administration for Inspection Affairs – the Department for Inspection of Social and Child Protection, requesting to carry out the inspection by reviewing documentation regarding the rights and social and child protection services related to the Bogavac family.

    The inspection findings found that there was untimely delivery of a solution granting the right to one-time financial assistance from the Centre for Social Work in Podgorica, said Minister Purišić said.

    On that occasion, the competent inspection announced the initiation of a misdemeanor procedure against the legal and responsible person of the Centre, while the Director of the Centre initiated the procedure for determining the accountability of an authorized civil servant of the Centre. Based on the outcome of the procedure, as the Minister said, the Ministry will take the appropriate measures.

    Media and other subjects, I mean the civil sector, again disturbed the Montenegrin public without taking into account the best interest of the child, as well as the rights of children and family to privacy and the dignified life of the most vulnerable categories, the Minister said regarding media coverage of this topic.

    He also recalled that the social policy implemented by the Government of Montenegro is aimed at protecting the most vulnerable groups through the exercising of social and child protection rights, which includes the material provision and development of services at the state and local level. To that end, EUR 97.8 million were allocated in 2017 from the Budget of Montenegro, while EUR 28.8 million were allocated for the Centre for Social Work in Podgorica. Out of this amount, EUR 28,652,050.89 were allocated for material grants and EUR 191,457.51 for one-time grants awarded to1,813 persons.

    Srđan Kusovac also noted that at yesterday’s session the Cabinet stated the case was politicized, adding that large number of disinformation was published in several media, such as that the Prime Minister “ordered an investigation” and “hosted the mother of a deceased child”.

    Of course this is not true, but the custom of this Government is not to deny every media truth as it appears. Transparency, which is recognized beyond the borders of Montenegro, and this way of working is what this Government does and what it will continue to do, Kusovac said, citing that the Cabinet session noted that this is not the first time this happened and that similar disinformation related to socially vulnerable categories also appeared earlier in the eve of the elections.

    PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO

    Source: Government of Montenegro