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Ukraine's Bogomolets National Medical University calls termless strike due to interference in its work

The Health Ministry of Ukraine urges to not disrupt education process
12:28, 26 February 2018

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The students and the labor collective of the Bogomolets National Medical University of Ukraine called the termless strike since February 26. All academic buildings will be closed, excluding the hospitals were the patients get the treatment as the university reported on Facebook.

‘The strike is called due to the unprecedented rude and illegal interference by the direction of the Health Ministry of Ukraine into the independence and self-management of the Bogomolets National Medical University’, the message said.

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It is noted that the direction of the Health Ministry systematically ‘provided the written orders to the university in 2017-2018 to violate the law at the threat of the dismissal, to commit the embezzlement of the public funds in the especially big amount beyond the obligatory bidding procedure provided by the law’.

The strike committee demands from the president to immediately interfere in the situation and from the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament and the prime minister to ‘immediately create the commission on the investigation of the malversation by the direction of the Health Ministry’ and ‘to temporary suspend Ulana Suprun, the acting Health Minister from the duty for the time of the investigation and also to suspend her deputies from the duty’.

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They also demand from Suprun to annul the order on the deprivation of Kateryna Amasova, the rector of the Bogomolets National Medical University, the appointment of Mykhailo Zaharash as the acting rector and to immediately provide the holding of the integrated license examination ‘STEP-1. Dentistry’.

The Health Ministry urges to not respond to the provocations and to not disrupt the educational process after the calling of the termless strike as the ministry reported on Facebook.

‘The intentionally false information is spreading on the blocking of the payment of the studentship and wages in the Bogomolets National Medical University.  We appeal to the students and the labor collective to not respond to the provocations and manipulations of the university’s direction and to not disrupt the educational process’, the message said.

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It is noted that according to the principles and practice of the university autonomy, the university itself holds the particular payments from the treasury accounts. The procedure of the transfer of the money is performed by the accounting department of the university. The direction of the university in the name of the prorector has all necessary authority to hold the payments.

According to the press service of the Health Ministry, Kateryna Amosova is temporarily suspended from the duty on the post of the rector of the Bogomolets National Medical University for the term of the check of the facts towards the non-holding of the integrated license examination ‘STEP-1. Dentistry’ for the students.

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At the moment, the commission for the check works on the materials provided by the Bogomolets University and Testing Center. Also, it is reported that Amosova systematically does not attend the sessions of the commission despite the invitations.

The Health Ministry of Ukraine suspended Kateryna Amasova, the rector of the Bogomolets National Medical University from the duty on February 20. The decision was made due to the so-called disruption of the obligatory integrated license examination ‘STEP-1. Dentistry’ for the third-year students.

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Amosova thinks that she was suspended due to her refusal to commit the illegal actions, particularly to spend the funds without a tender. According to her, the disruption of the testing was made artificially and the university could not transfer the funds to the Testing Center of the Health Ministry without a tender.

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