Zelensky called on Health Minister to solve hospitals's closure issue

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to president, if you do not make serious adjustments to medical reform, then’ it will soon be called sabotage’
22:25, 4 May 2020


President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called on Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov, chairman of the relevant committee of the Verkhovna Rada and chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko to immediately make proposals for improving the second phase of medical reform. The president announced this during his traditional appeal to the Ukrainians.

During the speech, the head of state noted that now most of the TB hospitals and dispensaries are on the verge of closure. Regional children's hospitals would receive less than $7,4 million.

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"I just can’t allow this. I can’t allow the reduction of ambulance crews. And situations when a person became ill on Monday and an ambulance arrived on Tuesday. Or if you are a resident of the conventional Sumy region, then you better not get sick, because I’ll have to go for treatment for 200 kilometers, I can’t allow qualified children’s doctors to go abroad and there will be a catastrophic increase in child mortality, or so that the incidence of tuberculosis will increase by one third in the next two years. It cannot be called reform, but sabotage," the president said.

That is why, according to the president, he calls on the Minister of Health, the chairman of the relevant committee of the Verkhovna Rada and the chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine to immediately propose solutions to these issues.

We do not need to curtail the reform but to improve it. Admitting mistakes and correcting them. I’m sure that there is one global requirement, and it’s very simple: both patients and physicians of all levels should be happy with the reform," Zelensky said.

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The president emphasized that now he cannot allow 50,000 Ukrainian doctors to remain on the street.

As we reported before, Zelensky during an online briefing said that there is no threat to cooperation between Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund, because MPs have unblocked the adoption of banking law.

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