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SDS deputy chief, Jelka Godec, warned that Slovenia has been working with childhood cardiac surgery for more than ten years, but today there is a "total dissolution" in this area. Photo: DZ / Barbara Žejavac

Request for an urgent meeting of the Health Committee

November 8, 2018 at 1:51 p.m.
Ljubljana – MMC RTV SLO, STA

The SDS parliamentary group demands an urgent meeting of the health committee, which will ask the government to provide a concrete explanation about the future of the program. Minster Fakin announced that it will decide the fate of the National Institute of Pediatric Cardiovascular Diseases (NIOSB) in December.

Deputy from SDS Jelka Godec she pointed out that Slovenia has been involved in childhood cardiac surgery for more than ten years, but nowadays "full trial". Foreign experts also do not participate in the program, since they do not want to work in these circumstances, he warned. The agony of childhood cardiac surgery occurs in Slovenia "literally in a criminal act"he said among other things.

According to her, the University Clinic Center (UKC) of Ljubljana could not solve this problem since 2007, when the first surgeon left. There is no more professional staff in the program that can safely provide newer patients.

On the other hand, the former Minister of Health, Milojka Kolar Celarc, founded the National Institute of Pediatric Cardiovascular Diseases (NIOSB), which does not work, since it does not meet the basic conditions for work. NIOSB can not operate without equipment and facilities, but in such a situation it is not possible to speak with potential colleagues from abroad.

The SDS expects the concrete response of the minister
Current minister Just fakin according to the latest information, talks about the third variant, the unit of the UKC Ljubljana, where they would work with Croatian experts. If this happens, however, the SDS asks how long the analysis and establishment of the unit will last and who will work there. On Tuesday, the deputies of the SDS demanded a call from the urgent meeting of the health committee. They want to reiterate the unsustainable situation in this area, but they will ask the government to decide immediately what will be the fate of the program.

According to Godeceva, they want a specific answer from the Minister of Health if the government will abolish the child's cardiac surgery program or that the program will work in Slovenia. Godceva also touched the public polemic between representatives of UKC Ljubljana and NIOSB and warned that the government is the founder of both and now it leaves two institutes public to discuss with each other.

Fakin: It's time to sit down
Only Fakin responded to the request and explained that 86 children were operated at the UKC Ljubljana this year, 18 of them abroad, and that exactly one day, a child was operated by a purely domestic team. Fakin is a long-term solution to the problem of childhood cardiac surgery, which, as it has been recalled, developed during 15 years, is seen in domestic specialists. "UKC has a good number of foreign experts, and the local team needs to be trained, which of course will not be overnight,"commented.

It was admitted that there were some complications in the resolution of childhood cardiac surgery and announced a meeting with the leaders of the Ljubljana UKC and the National Institute of Pediatric Cardiovascular Diseases (NIOSB), where they will be "He told us how we plan to put this operation in the long run ". According to Fakin's words, they did not manage to negotiate during the holidays, and also remembered that the UK-based Ljubljana saw considerable dangers in the NIOSB proposals. "Now is the time to sit down,"he emphasized.

Fakin: Oil is not used by anyone
He is also pleased to convene extraordinary meetings of the Health Committee on this topic. As he said, everyone can finally say what they think. "The influx of oil into the fire, as it happened today, makes no sense. The security of children and the long-term nature of this program must be at the forefront and that knowledge remains in Slovenia,"A short-term solution is simple, according to the words of Fakin, the abolition of childhood cardiac surgery and the treatment of patients in an external center, but this would be three times more expensive and would mean a long-term decline in the medical profession. from the clinical center they have decided not to do it. "They will make every effort to maintain this center in the long run,"he added.

When asked what type of solution he had personally, Fakin responded that it was simply too complicated if the NIOSB acted as an independent institution, as it should, in any case, cooperate with other departments. He announced that the decision on the institute would be taken in the first week of December. Fakin has not yet read the report of one of the foreign surgeons who arrived in Slovenia in the organization of the NIOSB in summer, where there were numerous deficiencies in the clinical center program. He underlined that he was not an expert to evaluate it, but said they would guarantee the adequate safety of patients.

G.C., L.L.

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