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Polish hospitals in deep debt

21st February 2007

Poland's health minister has admitted that one in five hospitals in the country are struggling with debts so large they are on the brink of closure.

Of 600 hospitals, 130 were in deep financial difficulty, Zbigniew Religa told parliament.

The 30 most indebted hospitals owed a total of around £150 million (US$300 million), he said.

Lawmakers began to ask questions after bailiffs seized the assets of a large hospital in the southeastern city of Wroclaw.

Religa also announced a debt relief programme for hospitals worth around 150 million zlotys (£26 million).

 

 

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