Protest because of the conditions in pediatric oncohematology in Sofia. The organizer is the “Danaya” Foundation. At the end of last week, the chairman signaled to her that there has been no hot water in the clinic for months. ISUL explained that due to repairs, there were problems with hot water in the summer. And now she reaches the clinic more slowly, because of the outdated water network.
The protesters want the Minister of Health to remove the head of pediatric oncology and the director of Tsaritsa Joanna Hospital – ISUL.
“It turned out that there has been no hot water for 5 months for sure. We have some signals for sure that it has been much longer, but they are unconfirmed,” said Ani Stoyanova – chairman of the “Danaya” Foundation.
“There is hot water, but simply because of the old construction of the water supply system, this hot water came slowly to us,” explained Prof. Dobrin Konstantinov – head of the Children’s Onco-Hematology Clinic of Tsaritsa Yoanna-ISUL UMBAL.
“There was no hot water, regardless of how long they waited for it,” said Ani Stoyanova.
“There is no problem with hot water. There are no problems that require what is happening,” said Prof. Hristo Hinkov – Minister of Health.
“This is a state hospital and it is very important to have good management and governance. There is clearly no such at the moment,” summarized Ani Stoyanova.
“Why should I change the leadership?” asked Prof. Hinkov.
Simona is a volunteer at the clinic and supports children and their mothers every day.
“The conditions are not tragic, but there is a need for repair,” summarized Simona Karaivanova – “Zlato” Foundation.
The bigger problem that the clinic has been warning about for years is the shortage of nurses. Currently there are only four of them.
“I have never been absent in particular. In 24 years I have not been absent from work. It’s hard to make ends meet. We have a lot of extra hours. We rarely go home, but we can’t help it,” said Iliyana Samokovska – med. nurse at the Children’s Oncohematology Clinic “Tsaritsa Joanna-ISUL” UMBAL.
“Due to the fact that we do not have a sufficient number of sisters, we are forced to accept a companion for each child. Which, by the way, is not a very nice and useful move,” said Prof. Konstantinov.
He reminded that the clinic has been housed in ISUL temporarily since 1990.
“Temporarily until the moment when we theoretically had to move to the future children’s hospital,” said Prof. Dobrin Konstantinov.
The clinic has undergone several renovations. The last one, in which almost all rooms have a bathroom, is from 2008. The Minister of Health explained that all the problems of the clinic were resolved after discussions with the management, but there are decisions that depend on the Ministry of Finance and the budget of the Ministry of Health.