“Debts to doctors can be paid off at the expense of confiscated assets of corrupt officials” – Iryna Sysoyenko

All funds confiscated from corrupt officials must be returned to the state budget. And then they can be spent on the development of the healthcare system. The corresponding proposals for the second reading of the law on the state budget for 2018 was filed by Iryna Sysoyenko, deputy chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Health.

If the judicial system starts working properly and the persons who committed corruption offenses will be punished, their shadow assets will return to the budget and will be sufficient to build the necessary hospitals and purchase modern equipment, the MP believes.

Mrs. Sysoyenko suggests increasing the medical subvention to local budgets by 27 billion hryvnias in order to avoid further outflow of qualified medical professionals abroad and deterioration of the quality of medicine.

She draws attention to the fact that the size of the medical subvention in the budget for the next year is at the level of this year, and the issue of differentiation of the remuneration of medical workers has not yet been resolved, which is why this year we have a debt on salaries in the amount of 2.5 billion hryvnias.

“I want to ask the people who make such decisions, in the Ministry of Finance, first of all: are doctors worse than teachers? Why did teachers have the tariff classes raised and why do teachers receive much higher wages than medical workers do? As a result of this injustice, in 2017 the best doctors and nurses began to massively leave hospitals throughout Ukraine. In Transcarpathia, entire departments quit and leave to work in Poland, Germany, and other European countries,” warns Iryna Sysoyenko.

In addition to this, according to the Ministry of Health, the ambulance fleet in Ukraine is obsolete by 60-70%, so it is vital to allocate money from the budget for the purchase of new cars.

Also, the MP proposes to increase subventions for the purchase of equipment and medicines for ambulances by 131 million hryvnias, for the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy – by 114 million hryvnias for the introduction of new medical technologies – by 81 million hryvnias.

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