Health Ministry secretary of state Raed Arafat is in charge of the audit, alongside a hospital manager and the president of the Prahova County’s College of Medical Doctors.
Secretary of state Raed Arafat started yesterday the audit at the County Hospital in Ploiesti, the Health Ministry’s audit team that will analyze the situation surgeon Dan Oprea complained of also including a hospital manager and the President of the Prahova County’s College of Medical Doctors, Mediafax informs. The audit team will also analyze the result of the audit that started last week.
The investigation started after surgeon Dan Oprea complained of lack of involvement on the part of the authorities, of lack of medical equipment and drugs, stating that the County Hospital in Ploiesti is “humiliated, abandoned by all” and although surgery techniques of university level were tackled within the hospital, funds are not earmarked, electrical scalpels for single use are used “dozens of times” and other equipment is outdated.
The audit should have ended last Friday but Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu announced that the audit will be extended until today, with secretary of state Raed Arafat set to publicly present the conclusions later this week. Eugen Nicolaescu pointed out that the audit focuses on two components: on one hand it is meant to verify the situation within the hospital, in order to see how medical services are taking place, against the backdrop of media reports, and on the other hand to verify the paperwork that would show to what extent the procedures stipulated by public health legislation were respected.
RON 3.5 M owed to hospital
According to a communiqué issued on Monday morning by hospital manager Adrian Strambeanu, the hospital has to recover RON 3.5 M from the Prahova County’s Health Insurance House (CJAS), representing payments owed for medical services offered until November this year. He also claims that since the start of the year approximately 8,000 patients were treated and hospitalized above the contract value agreed with the Prahova CJAS, patients for which the hospital spent a total of approximately RON 12 M.
While the patients and their relatives, as well as the doctors, state that the hospital is facing a shortage of drugs and sanitary materials, during their hospitalization the patients having to buy not only the medical treatments prescribed but also syringes, cannulae and blood infusion pumps, the hospital’s manager claims that drugs and sanitary materials worth over RON 10 M were bought this year, the procurements being made based on the reports received from the heads of wards in what concerns the needs for such materials. At the end of the communiqué issued on Monday, the hospital’s manager insisted that “the idea according to which surgeons are forced to use single use scalpels several times is not only dangerous information but also a big lie.”
In his turn, Mircea Cosma, the President of the Prahova County Council, stated that he was not aware of the problems registered at the Ploiesti Emergency Hospital and he found out about them from the press, claiming that the institution he leads invests in the hospital every year.