The C.C. Iliescu Cardilogy Institute in Bucharest may be shut down next month, the institute’s manager, Dr. Serban Bubenek, said, who added that in October, the unit ran out of the funds allotted for this year. Although a budget revision was expected, it did not happen. This month, the institute only has enough money to pay salaries, and the December budget available only amounts to RON 87.
Over the years, patients nationwide have had open heart surgery at the Bucharest institute, where 50 pc of the cardiac surgeries in Romania are performed, and over 75 pc of emergency cardiovascular surgery. The director says more than 500 patients are on the surgery waiting list for November and December, of whom 300 for cardiac interventions and over 150 for cardiology procedures. Dr. Bubenek said that the emergency room is visited by over 50,000 patient yearly, of whom 1400 are hospitalised, with the remainder being treated in the regular hospital and ambulatory system. “We have owed no debts after 2005. In 2010, we spent the entire EUR 1 M development fund that we gathered, in order to save patients’ lives. I repeat, we spent that money in order to tend to patients. The National Health Insurance House has not returned the money to this day,” Mediafax quoted Bubenek as saying.