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RP: the Children's Hospital has become a hostage of its own effective management

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Аuthor: PantherMedia/SCANPIXThe lack of funds needed for the repairs of the Haematology wing shows that the Children’s Hospital has become a hostage of its own effective and economic management, Reform Party (RP) believes.

The hospital’s services are so well available and of such quality that clients have no need to pay for services of higher comfort. “This situation is logical, as it is not morally acceptable or ethical in any way to request payment and make money on sick children,” – says RP official Inga Bite. Nevertheless, the party believes that the practice of only allocating additional funds for organizations that are neck-deep in debts should be stopped. Instead, it would be worthwhile to further motivate organizations that managed to survive without additional support during the crisis and retained their quality of service. Also, the Children’s Hospital has no exceptionally large debts for the state to cover from the emergency budget, as it was done for other hospitals.

“The Cabinet of Ministers has to secure the allocation of funding for the Children’s Hospital. The Haematology wing is not the only section of the hospital that requires repairs. Funding from the state would also contribute to the completion of the planned and systemic development of the hospital,” – Bite believes.

The issue of the Haematology wing of the Children’s Hospital has been on the agenda of society and the Saeima for some time. The current amount of funding the hospital receives is barely enough to cover the hospital’s offered services; there is not enough to fund its development.

It should be added that the hospital’s fund along with associates and supporters started a campaign with a goal to provide new and better dorms for the patients of the Haematology Wing last year. The campaign managed to raise 151 000 LVL.

In order to make the new wing of the hospital more comfortable and better suited to help children and their parents to physically and psychologically overcome the difficulties of the treatment procedures, the Children’s Hospital calls out to people for help. By calling this number (90006681) you may donate 1 LVL to the hospital. A direct bank account money transfer to the hospital’s fund is also welcome.

Every year, an average of 40 to 50 children are diagnosed with hemato-oncological illness. Treatment is often required to be undergone multiple times. With that there are approximately 900 patient treatment episodes every year. Child patients are to spend at least 1 – 2 months in a hospital. Nevertheless, they often spend up to half a year in hospitals, as the Children’s Hospital reports.

The hospital requires the reconstruction of its historic wing in accordance with the needs of its patients, so that they would not need to go form one hospital to another to undergo treatment. Given the nature and complexity of treatment, it is planned to install special wards that will allow one of the parents to stay with the child at all times.

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