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The European Court for Human Rights condemned yesterday (Weds) Romania for breaching the right to life of a cancer patient by refusing to provide him with treatment, local press informs today (Thurs).
The Romanian state was sentenced to pay 20,000 Euros in damages to the family of Ştefan Panaitescu, a cancer patient left to die because he could not afford the costs of the treatment.
The health authorities in Romania refused to treat him and acknowledge his right to treatment under the Constitution and human rights rules. The man died in 2006.
ECHR ruled Romania breached the right to life by not respecting the European Convention of Human Rights.
In 2005 the patient was operated on for a kidney tumor at Cluj Oncology Hospital (Western Romania). After surgery, the doctors gave him only vitamins, refusing to provide him with the standard treatment for cancer. The doctors suggested he should pay for his treatment out of his own money.
The patient asked on a number of occasions for help from the Health Insurance County House who denied him the treatment.
In November 2005, the man sued the Romanian authorities asking to recover the money spent on his treatment. In 2006, a local court in Cluj decided in his favour, but the hospital refused to observe the ruling.
In a letter sent to the Health Insurance House just before he died, the man told the authorities that they were going to be responsible for his death.
Some 50,000 Romanians die every year because of cancer. According to the President of the Cancer Patients Association in Romania Cezar Irimia, the first cause of death is the lack of medicine and proper treatment.
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