The Health Ministry on Friday disclosed a list of 50 Romanian hospitals where non-compliant samples of disinfectants were found upon testing, following the approval of the General Prosecution Office to do so.
The ministry says in a press statement that in order to secure patient safety at the hospitals in question, administrative measures were taken to avoid any risks to the patients, including banning the use of the faulty disinfectants.
The ministry says its inspections will continue and the hospitals’ contracts with disgraced drugs company Hexi Pharma will be audited.
The nine hospitals in Bucharest City which disinfectants tested non-compliant:
* Parhon National Institute of Endocrinology
* Pantelimon Emergency Hospital
* Bucharest Clinic Emergency Hospital
* Marius Nasta Institute of Pulmonology and Phthisiology
* Sf. Stefan Hospital
* Sf. Ioan Clinic Emergency Hospital
* Dr. Ioan Cantacuzino Clinic Hospital
* Carol Davila Nephrology Hospital
* University Emergency Hospital.
There are hospitals in 22 counties which disinfectants tested non-compliant:
* Alba Iulia Emergency County Hospital
* Bacau Emergency County Hospital
* Moinesti Municipal Emergency Hospital (Bacau County)
* Brasov Children’s Clinic Hospital
* Fagaras Hospital
* Braila Integrated Centre for Palliative Medicine
* Resita Emergency Hospital
* Lehliu Gara Town Hospital (Calarasi County)
* Sapunari Psychiatric Hospital (Calarasi County)
* Calarasi Pulmonology Hospital
* Calarasi Emergency County
* Oltenita Town Hospital (Calarasi County)
* Nicolae Stancioiu Heart Institute of Cluj-Napoca
* Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuta Oncological Instirute of Cluj-Napoca
* Pulmonary and Phthisiology Clinic Hospital (Constanta County)
* Mangalia Town Hospital (Constanta County)
* Harsova Town Hospital (Constanta County)
* Techirghiol Sanatorium and Recuperation Spa (Constanta County)
* Craiova City Philanthropic Hospital
* Calafat Town Hospital (Dolj County)
* Sf. Apostol Andrei Emergency County Clinic Hospital of Galati
* Sf. Ioan Emergency Children’s Clinic Hospital of Galati
* Bumbesti Town Hospital – Jiu (Gorj County)
* Gheorghieni Municipal Hospital (Harghita County)
* Cuza Voda Hospital of Iasi
* Socola Clinic Psychiatric Hospital of Iasi
* Emergency County Hospital of Targu Mures
* Emergency County Hospital of Piatra Neamt
* Slatina County Hospital
* Caracal Town Hospital
* Ploiesti Emergency County Hospital
* Negresti Oas Town Hospital (Satu Mare County)
* Campulung Moldovenesc Psychiatric Hospital (Suceava County)
* Siret Chronic Psychiatric Hospital (Suceava County)
* Radauti Town Hospital (Suceava County)
* Gura Humorului Town Hospital (Suceava County)
* Falticeni Town Hospital (Suceava County)
* Materna Care Maternity Hospital (Timis County)
* Tulcea County Hospital
* Dragasani Town Hospital (Valcea County)
* Horezu Town Hospital (Valcea County)
Health Ministry orders verifications of hospital contracts with disinfectant supplier
Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu ordered on Friday the Public Health Directorates (DSPs) to check the contracts of hospitals with the Hexi Pharma company, a supplier of disinfectants. The Health Ministry mentions in a release that it has also asked the support of Ministry of Internal Affairs to check the contracts with this company.
Another video conference with the county DSPs was held at the ministry on Friday, to discuss the next steps of verifications on biocides used in hospitals, on the coordination of the General Prosecutor’s office.
Inquiries of the control bodies of the Health Ministry and of the Government have been announced following some media investigations on Hexi Pharma’s products, allegedly not compliant with the label content of active chemicals.
Iohannis: I’m expecting Health Ministry to come up with analysis, urgent measures
President Klaus Iohannis says partial solutions are inefficient to the major problems facing Romania’s healthcare system, calling on the Health Ministry to come up with an exact analysis and a clear plan of urgent measures.
“Repeated crises in the healthcare system proves once again the inefficiency of partial solutions to the major problems, calling for a firm intervention from those responsible for the system. I am expecting the Health Ministry to come up with an exact analysis and a clear plan of urgent measures for the situation in the healthcare system following the publication of a list of the hospitals where problems have been detected with disinfectants,” Iohannis says in a statement published on his Facebook page.
DIICOT says complaint filed, not on possible criminal activity of Hexi Pharma
The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) claims that the criminal complaint filed against the owner of Hexi Pharma, Dan Condrea, does not refer to a possible criminal activity of this company.
The DIICOT statement comes after media published information according to which Dan Condrea’s ex-wife had filed a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Bucharest Court in which she speaks of “money laundering” in Hexi Pharma and the fact that Dan Condrea used violence against her. This complaint was sent to the DIICOT, which did not conduct checks and returned it to the petitioner because the wording form did not comply with the criminal law.
In the release issued on Friday, the DIICOT shows that it conducts its activity exclusively in accordance with active legal norms within its competence limits, no matter the name of the person filing the complaint or against whom it is filed.
ActiveWatch asks parliamentary committee on SRI overisght to check service relation with Hexi Pharma
In a letter to the parliamentary committee, ActiveWatch is demanding the following checks: whether or not SRI has opened in the past five years any investigation in the activities of Hexi Pharma and the related company group; whether or not SRI has informed any of the relevant authorities on its findings; whether or not there is any economic connection between SRI’s activity and the Hexi Pharma companies or any of the companies working in connection with Hexi Pharma.
According to the letter, the request is made “based on data provided to the public by investigative journalists regarding the business of a group of companies – among which the most frequently mentioned is Hexi Pharma – suspected of several criminal offenses, which seems to have seriously endangered the health of the population in 40 counties in Romania for several years.”
Moreover, ActiveWatch also mentions that part of the misdeeds notified were the object of investigations conducted by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, prosecutors’ offices and the Directorate for Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation, but “the investigations were concluded with no consequence.”
The letter also shows that the requests sent to the parliamentary committee also take into account “the inefficiency of any legality control of the activity of this group of companies.”