Bulgaria's Social Services Appalling

Letters to the Editor | January 15, 2007, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Dear Editor,

I am an English woman now living in Bulgaria with my husband. I live in c. Poceh, that is a fairly large village 25 km from Burgas in the municipality of Cozopol and have been here now for almost three years. We have been made very welcome by the Bulgarian people and are enjoying our life in Bulgaria.

The reason for this e-mail is because of a lady in the village who is in dire straits and the only help she is getting is from a Bulgarian friend of mine who is looking after her and paying for food and other essentials out of her own pockets, which she can ill afford; no-one is paying her to do this.

The lady in question is immobile and incontinent and cannot do anything for herself, the doctor suspects she may have a tumour in her brain but nobody seems to want to do anything about it. For the last six months my friend has been doing all she can with the local authorities to try and arrange some assistance or even getting her into a home for people such as her. But to no avail, help is promised but never arrives. It is quite serious now and if action is not taken soon this lady will die. I think myself that that is what the authorities want to happen.

Another English lady and myself are giving as much help as we can to our friend including doing the laundry but I think it is a sad state of affairs when Bulgarians cannot rely on their own people to provide assistance when needed.

Is this just an isolated case or are there other people in a likewise situation who cannot get the authorities to listen? How can Bulgaria enter Europe when people in these kind of situations cannot get any help?

Catherine Almond
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