The European Commission (EC) has approved an investment of €47m to construct a more than 800-bed Regional Emergency Hospital (REH) in Craiova, Dolj county, Romania.

This investment will be made via the European Regional Development Fund.

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The new hospital is expected to improve access to healthcare, including chemotherapy for cancer, in the region. It will also mitigate inequalities in healthcare access, primarily for people in rural and impoverished areas, added EC.

In addition, the project will allow early diagnosis of less serious conditions, with better treatment outcomes, fewer deaths and long-term disabilities.

The REH could also facilitate more efficient treatment for life-threatening conditions with modern infrastructure and equipment, along with effective organisation and management.

It also aims to offer better work setting for local doctors and nurses. The hospital in Romania is expected to becomes operational as of 2026.

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira said: “The coronavirus pandemic has yet again shown how important it is to invest in modern and efficient healthcare infrastructures, which has always been – and it will continue to be – EU Cohesion policy’s top priority as shown by this major project adoption.”

Earlier this month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an additional funding of £3bn to help the National Health Service (NHS) in England prepare for a potential second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

These funds are intended to help the NHS continue using additional private hospital capacity, as well as maintain the temporary Nightingale hospitals until the end of March next year.