Many Ukrainians not ready for second phase of medical reform, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The head of Ukrainian state notes that Ukrainians fear the closure of hospitals in regions, lack of equipment and funding
17:44, 4 March 2020

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that not all Ukrainians were ready for the second stage of medical reform. According to him, local authorities are not ready to assume powers in order to carry it out. He stated this during his speech, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

"You need to have the courage to admit that many people are not ready for the second phase of medical reform on April 1, it is true. Almost every day there are protests in various medical institutions, people are afraid of the closure of hospitals, hospitals are afraid of dismissals. Sometimes local authorities are not ready to assume powers, there is not enough funding and more, there are many reasons: There are big questions about tariffs, medical equipment and a very big question about staffing. So the main question is: Where are we rushing now? Where are we going? Does not it seem to us that with such an approach the reform flies into the wall?” the president said.

Zelensky expressed his gratitude to Ukraine's Minister of Health Zoriana Skaletska for her work in Novi Sanzhary and for the evacuation of Ukrainians from China.

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As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky created an interim working group on healthcare system reform and approved its composition. The corresponding decree No. 55/2020 was signed by the head of state on February 21, the press service of the president informed.

"The working group should analyze the progress of reforming the healthcare system of Ukraine until March 1, 2020. In particular, on the implementation of state guarantees of medical care for the population under the program of medical guarantees for primary care and the readiness of healthcare institutions to implement the same guarantees for other types of medical care," the statement says.

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