Inadequate premises, complaints from parents, dissatisfaction of the staff! The result is a critical situation in the Children’s Faculty Hospital (DFN) in Košice and the resignation of the doctors themselves. A modern investment project was supposed to solve the situation as part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, but the funds were not found for at-risk small oncology patients and premature children in the East.

New director Andrej Koman said more about the serious situation, which basically threatens to collapse. He explained that the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (ODOH) and the Department of Neonatal Intensive Care Medicine (ONIM) operate in unfavorable conditions for the patient and the parent.

“They often do not even meet basic standards. ONIM is in long-term leased premises that are not satisfactory in terms of size or comfort. The staff struggles with inadequate premises and cannot adequately accommodate mothers who need to be hospitalized for a long time with their child. The increase in oncological diseases, repeated hospitalizations in inadequate facilities and non-existent inpatient facilities cause frustration for the staff and parents of seriously ill children at ODOH as well,” the director mentioned, while the resignations of up to 48 percent of doctors at DFN Košice are also the result of this long-term negative situation.


The words of the head of the DFN were also confirmed by two primaries, who are also frustrated by the current unfortunate situation and have also resigned. Vanda Chovanová from ONIM and Viktória Halušková from ODOH did not hide that they only look to the future with uncertainty, while their conditions are often spartan, parents and patients are like hermits, and since they are slowly unable to ensure hygienic-epidemiological standards, it is becoming more and more difficult to provide adequate health care.

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