German health minister sacks "spiritual father":
This article was originally published in Clinica
Dr Hermann Schulte-Sasse, head of the department responsible for Germany's statutory health insurance funds has been dismissed by the new minister for health, Ulla Schmidt. A spokesman told Clinica that the matter was an internal affair. The Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper speculates that he has been dismissed because of differences with Ms Schmidt over the pharmaceutical budget. Dr Schulte-Sasse is seen as the "spiritual father" of the red/green health reforms.