Moldovan hospital probed for power drill used in surgery

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CHISINAU, MoldovaOfficials at a hospital in Moldova are investigating a surgeon's claim that he had to use a handyman's drill to perform an operation because proper equipment was unavailable.

Grigore Rusanovschi, a doctor at the Valentin Ignatenco Hospital in Chisinau, says he posted a video online Monday showing him using the drill. He accused management of failing to respond to his requests to buy equipment.

Hospital director Nicolae Starciuc said, however, that drills he purchased were not being used.

Health Minister Andrei Usatii told The Associated Press Wednesday that investigators found proper drills at the hospital, but had not found the drill that Rusanovschi says he used.

"The hospital had been given three new drilling machines, I don't understand why they had to use a construction drill," Usatii told Reuters.

Viorel Soltan, former deputy health minister, said Wednesday that the video was accurate.

"It is genuine what happened and there are other cases that happen in Moldova where doctors use household drills," Soltan said.

The hospital's head doctor told the AFP that the video had been released by the surgery team in an attempt to discredit him.

A video of the alleged surgery was posted on YouTube July 18.

Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries with an average monthly salary of $300 (225 euros).