North Macedonia: Thousands march over claims cancer hospital staff stole drugs meant for patients

Source: SFGate

“Thousands of people protested Monday outside the government headquarters in North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, over allegations that patients at a state cancer hospital missed life-saving treatment because staff were stealing the expensive drugs to sell on the black market. Chanting ‘Murderers!,’ demonstrators demanded the resignation of the country’s health minister and the hospital management. Among the protesters were several people who said their relatives had died after being given placebos instead of proper chemotherapy because the drugs had been stolen. ‘My mother had breast cancer and her condition worsened a week after she was admitted to the clinic,’ one young man told the crowd. ‘Unfortunately, she didn’t survive.’ The man, who didn’t give his name, described the hospital’s alleged behavior ‘monstrous.'” (09/04/23)