President Klaus Iohannis considers “outrageous” that Health Minister Sorina Pintea “has launched more like an image campaign than an information one through the hospitals in the country.”
“The public agenda has been taken for over two years by the personal problems of PSD [the Social Democratic party) leaders who have legal issues, while citizens increasingly suffer from the incompetence of the government. It is outrageous that the Health minister has launched more like an image campaign than an information one. How can anyone believe any longer that the PSD will actually build new hospitals?” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Tuesday at the ceremony for decorating some hospitals in the country.
“It’s outrageous that the Health Minister has started a PR campaign rather than a fact-finding campaign in hospitals throughout the country. How could someone still believe that the PSD will build new hospitals? Despite the daily scandals with which she is trying to secure PR gains for the Government, most physicians and nurses are and remain professionals, and still of the best quality. What are the members of the Government doing to help them? Mostly nothing, except for some excesses of authority with which they are trying to cover up the lack of concrete actions meant to support the healthcare domain,” the Head of State said at the Cotroceni Palace, during a ceremony in which awards were conferred upon certain healthcare institutions, stating that the event takes place on the World Health Day, “a day that deserves to be celebrated, but which governmental decision-makers have transformed into a dubious spectacle featuring punishments and demonstrative verifications.”
According to him, the objectives undertaken by the members of Government have not been attained in the field of human resources either, the residency has not been reformed, and at present there is no real planning regarding the necessary number of employees in the healthcare sector.
“Concretely, the number of positions is not correlated with the number of medical school graduates, nor with the human resource requirements, both overall and those ordered by specialities. Very many young physicians are educated in our country, but we continue to face imbalances when it comes to specialities, imbalances in the urban-rural distribution of physicians, but also the distribution between counties or regions, and the exodus has not been stopped,” he said.
Klaus Iohannis said that had the Government intended to build hospitals it would only have had to tap into European grants.
“The Social Democrats govern by permanently trying to find scapegoats for their own failures. However, they can no longer fool anyone, least of all the healthcare sector. Had they really intended to build or rehabilitate hospitals in Romania, the Government would only have had to tap into European grants. We have funds at our disposal, funds that the PSD simply do not want to use,” Iohannis claimed.
He added that in healthcare the future means innovation, digitalisation, sustainability, ensuring universal coverage.
“A medical act of quality cannot exist without a dedicated, devoted and responsible medical corps. At the same time, a medical act of quality cannot exist in the absence of clean hospitals that are not short on medical equipment, pharmaceutical drugs or consumables. We need more examples like the ones offered by you, the ones present here, persons who carry out their activity with utmost responsibility despite work conditions which are more than difficult!”, Iohannis stated.
President Klaus Iohannis maintained that PSD representatives have not fulfilled the objectives undertaken in the healthcare sector, regarding the construction of eight regional hospitals, one republican hospital, and the modernisation of existing hospitals, stating that the PSD Government is “a failure across the board.”
“I know the Romanian healthcare system very well, I have been a patient in public hospitals in the country, and I know what the physicians and nurses, the researchers and the entire personnel are facing in this system. I have visited public and private hospitals and medical research centres, and I have seen people who, while working in precarious conditions, try to do their job well, despite the obstacles they face. These are people toward whom I direct my appreciation and gratitude, regardless of where they are working,” Iohannis said at the ceremony for decorating some hospitals in the country.
He added that the current PSD Government is “a failure across the board,” stating that the PSD has promised Romanians eight regional and one republican hospital as well as the rehabilitation, modernisation and equipping of existing hospitals.
“These are commitments written down in the governance programme, undertaken and adopted in Parliament. What happened to them? It’s simple. Just like those in the field of the economy, education, and infrastructure, the promises in the field of healthcare have turned into dust. For over two years, the public agenda has been taken over by the personal problems of the PSD leaders at odds with the judiciary. In the meantime, citizens suffer even more due to the incompetence of those in government,” Iohannis stated.
Sorina Pintea answers to the head of state’s criticisms: I would like to remind Mister President that when other people of a different political color were doing the same thing, they were appreciated. I think he would better leave me alone
Health Minister Sorina Pintea answers to the head of state’s criticisms on the checks performed at the hospitals, reminding him that when other people of a different political color were doing the same thing, they were appreciated. “I think he would better leave me alone”, Pintea stated.
She added that the President “contradicted himself from one sentence to another”.
“On one hand, he said that I am in an image campaign, on the other hand, at the end of his speech, he said that the medical act also means clean hospitals. I don’t understand when he was serious. Mister President fount out only now about the difficulties faced by the system. It’s a good thing that he found out about it now, but I would like to remind Mister President that when other people of a different political color were doing the same thing, they were appreciated. I see he has different units of measurement in the health field”, Pintea said in an intervention at Antena 3.
Health Minster replied that she didn’t understand what were the criteria according to which the head of state decided to reward certain medical units. Referring to the Constanta Hospital, which was decorated by the President, the Minister said she didn’t know that this hospital was going to receive a distinction from the head of state when she visited it.
“From my point of view, things are very clear: Mister President wasn’t properly advised in the matter of the health system. The Cluj County Hospital also has problems, and this was underlined not only by me, but also by patients who entered that hospital”, Sorina Pintea also said.
“If these are the hospitals he finds proper for the patients in Romania, I am sorry”, Pintea added.
She wanted to mention that the PSD governing program doesn’t provide only the construction of the regional hospitals; the document “has more items that she fulfilled”.
“Perhaps Mister President should be informed on the investments we made last year, two years ago and this year. This year, the budget for investments is the largest in the history of the Ministry”, Pintea stated.
She said that she will continue visiting the hospitals in order “to really know the system”.
“I will continue conducting these checks, because I really want us to change something in this system, and I think he would better leave me alone”, Sorina Pintea concluded.