Health Minister Ioana Mihaila said Thursday that Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) has allocated 150 million euros that come to the aid of hospitals to prevent nosocomial infections.
Mihaila said that the Ministry of Health is considering measures to improve the under-reporting of infections related to the provision of healthcare.
“We are considering measures to improve this under-reporting [of nosocomial infections], some of which are related to funding. We are thinking of funding differently where there are hospitals that constantly, consistently and correctly report these infections related to the provision of healthcare (…) We are considering, including under PNRR, investments of 150 million euros to come to the aid of the hospitals to prevent the infections related to the provision of healthcare,” the minister told a news briefing.
She added that, according to “testimonies received from the European Commission,” the Health component of PNRR was one of the “best” submitted by Romania.
“From January to the last resubmission of the Health component, I believe that there were seven submissions to the European Commission and seven returns with observations from the European Commission. This way of working, this feedback mechanism actually helps us submit each time to the European Commission a better, more detailed and more concrete, and easier to implement the plan. There have been observations, they have been numerous, and most of them have been settled with each of these resubmissions, and this Health component of PNRR, according to testimonies from the European Commission, was one of the best of the PNRR components submitted by Romania,” said the minister, according to Agerpres.
National Health Infrastructure Investment Agency to operate under the authority of the Ministry of Health
The National Health Infrastructure Investment Agency will manage and operate hospitals that have a major local impact and operate under the authority of the Ministry of Health, Health Minister Ioana Mihaila said on Thursday.
“The health component of Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) has three major reform packages. The first is the reform of public funds management in the health insurance system and regards payment by result and quality, when it comes to healthcare services, and also the creation of a framework that incentivise reversing the pyramid of healthcare services, increasing the share of outpatient and primary care services, more precisely care provided by family physicians, as well as community health care. The second major line of reform is to increase the administrative capacity of the Ministry of Health in order to manage health infrastructure projects, and here we are specifically talking about the creation of this Health Infrastructure Investment Agency. The reason why we proposed this line of reform in PNRR is precisely this need, which we have all identified, in the creation of new hospitals, in the construction of new hospitals. The agency will manage and operate hospitals that have a major local impact and that operate under the authority of the Ministry of Health,” Mihaila told a news conference.
She mentioned that the hospitals operating under the authority of local administrations may request technical assistance from the agency for carrying out their own investment projects, with this request being optional, not mandatory.
According to the minister, the agency will also be tasked with drawing up, together with other ministries, regulations regarding the quality of the built environment in healthcare, particularly hospital infrastructure.