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Friday 18 April 2014

Surgeon 'operated with DIY drill'

A Moldovan surgeon says he was forced to use a DIY drill in operations

A surgeon in Moldova claims he had to use a handyman's drill to perform an operation because proper equipment was unavailable.

Grigore Rusanovschi, a doctor at the Valentin Ignatenco Hospital in Chisinau, said he posted a video online showing him using the drill. He accused management of failing to respond to his requests to buy equipment.

Hospital director Nicolae Starciuc said, however, that drills he purchased were not being used.

Health Minister Andrei Usatii said investigators had found three proper drills at the hospital, but had not found the drill that Dr Rusanovschi says he used.

Viorel Soltan, former deputy health minister, said that the video was accurate.

"It is genuine what happened and there are other cases that happen in Moldova where doctors use household drills," he said.

Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries with an average monthly salary of £195.

Press Association

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