Government sources have told HotNews.ro that Vlad Voiculescu, cytostatics Network founder and Vice-president of one of the largest European patient organizations (European Cancer Patient Coalition) is considered by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos for the office of Minister of Health. Another option would have been Leonard Azamfirei, rector of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Targu-Mures.
Vlad Voiculescu has an experience of over 10 years in financial consulting in Vienna and in health charitable activities in Romania. In Vienna he managed international projects for financing the health infrastructure, but also in the fields of energy and transport. Earlier this year, Voiculescu has returned to Romania and currently is chief of staff of Finance Minister Anca Dragu.
In 2008 Vlad Voiculescu initiated the so-called cytostatics Network, a group of over 400 volunteers from all around Europe who brought in Romania free cytostatic drugs that were missing for cancer patients. The cytostatics network story was widely reported throughout the media in Romania and abroad, the initiative succeeding to stimulate the change of legislation in monitoring essential cytostatics.
In 2013 Voiculescu was elected Vice-president and treasurer of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), the largest European coalition fighting for the rights of patients diagnosed with cancer. He is also one of the eight members of the group for the patients’ rights of the European Society of Medical Oncology.
In November 2015 he initiated discussions with hospitals in Austria and helped the team which handled the transport and treatment of ‘Colectiv’ patients in hospitals in Austria and Germany.
In 2014 he has founded, together with journalist Melania Medeleanu, MagiCAMP, the first camp exclusively for children with oncologic diseases in Romania. The camp is free and runs on volunteering and donations.