Foisor new orthopedics hospital commissioned in Bucharest following EUR 49m investment. Tensions between journalists and officials

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The new orthopedics hospital “Foisor” has been inaugurated in Bucharest on Monday, with the Bucharest City Hall pledging the new unit “will provide patients with comfort and safety”.

EUR 37 million has been invested in the new hospital’s building and another EUR 12 million in the cutting-edge medical equipment.

The new hospital has 9,000 sqm, hosting 6 levels, eight operating rooms, 119 beds.

Local authorities say that safety and comfort rules will be fully observed, meaning a ward will host only four beds. Patients will be able to undergo medical procedures like kinetotherapy or radiology and computed tomography procedures.

The hospital was inaugurated in the presence of Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea and Health minister Florian Bodog.

Yet, journalists asked the two officials what happens to the other medical units inaugurated in the past following tens of million euros investments and which are not operational yet, such as the new building of the Gomoiu hospital for children, when lung transplants will be possible at St. Maria hospital or why the municipality needs to allot millions of Ron for setting up some statues in Bucharest instead of investing in the medical units that are so necessary.

Both the mayoress and the minister seemed to be irritated by the journalists’ questions. “I see you are not interested in the hospital, but in something completely different, you are always complaining that no funds are invested in hospitals. Now when you see such an investment, you ask us about something else,” Mayor Gabriela Firea told journalists.

 

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