SOFIA – Civil society forces government to reconsider decision on new paediatric hospital

The government gave up its plans to transform a 12-floor ruin built during the last years of communism and abandoned ever since, into a children’s hospital in Sofia. The capital is the only European city without a children’s hospital. 

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However, while the government changed its plans after months of protests from parents, paediatricians, architects and engineers who warned that the old building was both unusable and dangerous, Health minister Kiril Ananiev has already signed a public procurement contract worth more than €47 million.

On Wednesday (28 May), Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced that the unfinished construction will be demolished and a new paediatric hospital that meets all modern requirements will be built in its place. (Krassen Nikolov |

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