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Adevârul - Romania | 15/04/2011

Patients not inferior

The Romanian ministry of health on Wednesday published shocking pictures of a 67-year-old patient covered in bedsores, the victim of medical negligence at a hospital in Constanta county. The daily Adevărul feels reminded of the sad pictures of children at Romanian orphanages that came to light after the fall of communism : "The old lady with her terrible wounds resembles these pictures. Admittedly there are some differences. The woman is wearing a disposable nappy rather than a cloth nappy like the orphans back then. … The patient is a victim of the same indifference which sees bedridden patients or children as inferior beings who are completely dependent on a hospital staff which either takes care of them or doesn't. This time it wasn't journalists who made the pictures public, but the ministry of health. … And now everyone - journalists and doctors alike - are claiming the personal rights of a patient have been violated. No one is saying that patients' rights entail more - first and foremost the 'right of the patient to the best quality medical care a society is capable of providing'."

Adevârul - Romania | 13/12/2010

Romania's young elite blocked by employment law

Six years ago the Romanian government provided financing for young Romanian students to study abroad so they could take up key positions in the country after graduating. Now they are among those who are losing their jobs as a result of government spending cuts. The country's employment laws are to blame, the daily Adevărul concludes: "The six million euros the Romanian state spent to put gifted young people through higher education ... are being wasted for a simple social reason: it doesn't matter how much you've learned, how clever you are or whether you know what needs to be done; what counts is whether you can survive the selection procedure of the [employment] laws and the trade unions. ... So the first to lose their jobs are young employees without families and children. ... The Romanian government sent 148 young people abroad six years ago who were supposed to map a new course for the country after their studies. Now one of them has already been made redundant because the old rules [under the 1989 employment laws] haven't yet been changed."

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