Seven medics at Rīga hospital accused of graft

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has asked for charges to be brought against seven staff at the Riga Austrumu Clinical University Hospital for taking bribes from patients to cut queues for MRI exams, the bureau told the press Wednesday.

In 2015 KNAB opened a case against staff at the Oncology Center and Radiology Department at the hospital due to evidence pointing to under the table services being provided for illicit fees.

According to KNAB, from October 2013 to April 2015 seven medics acting in a group, asked for goods in return for reduced waiting times to MRI exams. KNAB has information about a total of 22 cases.

The news are particularly gruesome as in early February people were seen elbowing their way into queues at the Austrumu Hospital to secure a spot for scarce yet potentially lifesaving services like diagnostic tests, as availability of state-funded healthcare continues to be limited due to a lack of money.

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