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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Health care gets mixed diagnosis

The Russian health care system is technologically in step with the times but suffers from a serious lack of human-friendly services, a delegation of British experts has found.

The experts said after a week-long visit that hospitalized children were sorely neglected, that family medicine was in a primitive state and that disorderly hospital management left basic services undefined.

"The lack of easy access to children here must be changed", said Bhubinder Sandhu, a specialist in children's diseases. Under the current system, children hospitalized in Russia are separated entirely from their parents while they undergo treatment.

The visit this month was the second , by the delegation of 10 pediatric specialists from the Institute of Child Health and the Montpelier Health Center in Bristol.

Supported by the British Embassy and the Russian Ministry of Health, the group had earlier visited Moscow in November; its goal was to establish links with the Filatov Hospital, a Moscow children's hospital, and to observe the local health care system and provide advice.

Although, the British team said, they had hoped to compare notes on advanced medical techniques and research, they were constantly interrupted by problems of a more basic nature.

While the medical technology at the Filatov Hospital and the expertise

of its doctors were on a par with Britain, they said, other aspects of medical care here compared poorly. Among them: a system of separating children from their parents during treatment and recovery; too many doctors treating one patient ignoring the benefits of a more personal relationship with a doctor; a system that separates family without helping the men, women and children together.

Though the doctor's technology is excellent, Soviet medicine was, until recently, isolated from the rest of the world where it could have benefited from shared knowledge, said Hyam Jaffe, a consultant for'children's services.