A hospital complex located in the city of Keila outside Tallinn is in dire financial straits and may be forced to relocate its patients.
Health service company PJV Hooldusravi bought the Keila hospital from North-Estonian Regional Hospital in May 2011 for the sum of 1.6 million euros. PJV had an obligation to invest into the hospital's development and was guaranteed 4.4 million euros worth of subsidies from the EU, reported Postimees.
Leho Tamvere, board member at PJV, applied for the subsidies for his plan to update the complex's general condition in August last year. He had to wait until January this year for the funding to be approved. No restoration work was done in the meantime.
Recent weeks have raised the possibility that the 90 patients in the nursing care unit may have to be relocated to another hospital due to debts to utility companies.
According to the Tax and Customs Board, the hospital also has a tax debt of 167,000 euros.
A scandal at the hospital broke in May 2011 after ETV reported on disorganization and poor treatment of patients.