Despite the numerous promises by the Romanian health ministry’s spokesperson Mihai Ursa, I never received answers to the questions I sent in August. The health ministry is the one responsible for the two institutions mentioned in this investigation – Mocrea psychiatric hospital and Gura Vaii ward for ‘chronically ill patients’.
Romania’s social ministry never answered my questions as well.
Amongst the many unanswered questions were:
– How is the reform progressing? What has changed in recent years (since 2007) in terms of human rights of people in institutions/ material base of institutions/ medical therapy/ social and other types of therapy/ deinstitutionalisation/ alternative types of care (day centers, protected housing, etc.).
– During my visits to mental institutions in Romania I found disturbing cases of inhuman and degrading treatment (for example lack of adequate living conditions; lack of adequate psychiatric care; lack of adequate social-, physio-, art-therapy or lack of any therapy at all; people locked for years in their rooms with no apparent reason, like prisoners, etc.). Is the government aware of these issues and if so, what is it doing to prevent them?
– Could you please explain to me the difference between people, who spend long years in wards for chronically ill patients, and people with psychiatric illness who live in institutions under the social ministry? Also – why in psychiatric wards for chronically ill patients there are many people with mental disabilities, and sometimes – just homeless people?