Ch.Saikhanbileg: Management not politics should navigate universities and hospitals


Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg met with Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences L.Gantumur and Minister of Sports and Health G.Shiilegdamba in the weekly governmental meeting “Hours of Resolution”, held on Wednesday, to give them directions in their sectors.
“There is a morbid phenomenon that ministers, appointed as a result of political elections, change the directors of schools, universities and hospitals,” mentioned Ch.Saikhanbileg, beginning the meeting and noting that it is time for a change.
“It is a great wrong that politics appoints hospital directors. A university is not a political organization. There is no university or hospital that belongs to a certain political party. There are only public universities and public hospitals.
“Universities and hospitals are service organizations. One does not study at a university or get treated in a hospital according to his or her political views and political party affiliation. Politics are irrelevant in treating and educating someone. Politics should take place far away from hospitals and universities. If the heads of these professional service organizations become politicized, their services will be politicized accordingly,” Ch.Saikhanbileg added, emphasizing that it is time to end the system that encourages competition among parties for appointments and promotions.
A working group has been assembled to make amendments to the Law on Health. There are plans to give central clinics the same status as state owned public hospitals. State owned public hospitals will have a managing board with nine members. The board will elect its executive director and the management team of the hospital, Minister G.Shiilegdamba announced. With the implementation of these new rules, the head of hospital will report their work to the managing board, not the sector’s minister.
A council of higher education, formed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences, will be formed with 30 members who have taught in the sector for many years or who have had experience running a university. The council will select the heads of public schools and universities and the appointment of heads will be made with participation of the public, said Minister L.Gantumur.

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