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Leading doctor attacks Russia’s health system

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3262 (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3262
  1. Andrew Osborn
  1. 1Moscow

A prominent Russian doctor has delivered a devastating verdict on the country’s health system, claiming that it is riddled with corruption, neglect, and incompetence.

Leonid Roshal, the director of Moscow’s Institute for Emergency Child Surgery, used a high profile medical conference in April to air his complaints, sparking a bad tempered debate that seems to have prompted the Kremlin to fail to invite him to a key meeting on child health.

The 78 year old paediatrician alleged that unnecessary medical equipment was being bought so that officials could cream off kickbacks, that there was an appalling lack of …

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