Romania has the highest level of infant mortality in the European Union and doctors are now finding themselves increasingly ill-equipped to deal with premature births.
In Romania, around 20 000 children are born prematurely every year and many of them do not receive the necessary obstetric care. Neonatal units are overcrowded and doctors find themselves in the unenviable position of having to turn patients away. The Cantacuzino Maternity Hospital in Bucharest, for example, turned away over 60 cases involving premature birth.
With maternity hospitals lacking the infrastructure necessary to provide optimal conditions for childbirth, infant mortality rates are continuing to cause alarm.
In view of this, what financial leverage can be exerted by the Commission to ensure the provision of more neonatal facilities?