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April 16, 2021

PSD demands Health Minister’s resignation

Social Democratic Party (PSD) leaders have finalized the text of a simple motion that will be filed against Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu (photo). The document will be discussed on Tuesday, within PSD’s Standing National Bureau meeting.

Thus, according to the draft motion, PSD is asking the Health Minister to resign because he has proved he is unable to manage a crisis like the one that broke out in Arges County, Mediafax informs.

“If you are not able to find out the cause of the illnesses, to coordinate the intervention, or at least to inform citizens about the measures required, then you should admit you lack the capacity to manage a medical system and you should let professionals intervene! Health is not something to play with, Minister, it is a fundamental thing for Romania! Before it is too late, make a gesture of honour and leave, our children deserve a medical system that would intervene in time, they deserve full involvement, something you have showed you completely lack! Enough with experiments, amateurishness and lack of interest, for the better of our children!” the draft motion filed by PSD reads.

On the other hand, PSD leaders are asking for Ponta Government’s policies to be continued.

“We are asking you, Minister, to respect and define in the upcoming period the intervention programmes that PSD adopted, which seek to promote breastfeeding, the prevention of malnutrition among newborns, healthy diet and prevention of child obesity, improving access to proper care for newborns at risk of infant death, strengthening newborn screening capacities, updating/drafting practice guides for nurses and midwives, the promotion of the integrated management of child illnesses, the training of personnel in primary medical assistance, maternities, NGOs,” the simple motion reads.

In the draft motion, PSD includes three points through which it is asking the Health Minister to urgently adopt measures in order to reform the healthcare system in order to prevent cases such as the Arges County babies’ case.

“First of all, strengthening the Health Ministry’s administrative and intervention capacity in public health problems by reorganizing the public healthcare system in Romania so that there is the capacity of inspection and control in order to identify, eradicate and prevent the hotbeds that are a risk for Romanians’ public health!
Secondly, it is imperatively necessary to define protocols and procedures for the public healthcare system, minimal standards that have to be met by every supplier of medical services, from family doctors to special ambulatory care units, hospitals that, apart from treating the cases, would also have the goal to inform the population with a minimal set of necessary knowledge.

At the same time, it is necessary to establish, at the level of the Romanian government, the procedures necessary to set up a single interministerial coordinating centre for public health issues, which would bring together all domains involved in solving cases and preventing the appearance of other cases and in which the representatives of related domains would participate – agriculture, environment, administration, other institutions from the medical domain, the emergency situations department,” PSD’s three points thread.

Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu: Controls in hospitals to start on March 10

Controls will start in all hospitals on March 10, Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu stated at a press conference on Monday.

According to him, the system used will feature specialists from two counties conducting controls in a third county. “We are carefully preparing these crossed controls, the control and integrity departments are by our side,” the minister said.

He stated that he is thinking to introduce registries in which cases of transmissible diseases, but also the complications that appear in the treatment of some patients, would be marked.
“We are thinking about introducing some registries (…). Hospitals should have registries in which these cases of transmissible diseases, unusual situations, as well as complications that appear in the treatment of some patients would be marked, so that DSP directors would proactively go out and verify these registries themselves, apart from the reporting part. We see this as a manner of moving toward our patients through the inspection and control mechanisms we have,” Achimas-Cadariu pointed out.

At the same time, he made public the results of the two controls carried out in hospitals last year.

“The State Sanitary Inspection organized two control actions in 2015, one in March, when 311 hospitals were verified. There were 240 civil fines, of which 183 warnings, and two suspension decisions. In the second control action, 129 civil fines were issued, 77 of them warnings,” the minister pointed out.

He claimed that the decentralization process should not be compromised, given the fact that it was meant to bring the decision closer to people. “There has to be better collaboration between inspection and supervision and a revision of internal work procedures. Institutional communication is probably not working as it should either,” the Health Minister added.

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