Iryna Sysoyenko: The state must provide doctors with decent wages

As noted by a deputy of the Samopomich Union faction, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Health, Iryna Sysoyenko, today’s funding of medicine from the state budget does not satisfy the immediate needs, and medicine reforming still remains on paper only.

Thus, the average salary in the health sector is almost twice as low as the average salary in Ukraine. Even given the increase in the minimum wage, which is proposed by the government in the draft budget for 2017, the salary of a surgeon will make up 4,024 hryvnias (+ 20% of possible allowances at best), physician – 3,756 hryvnias, nurse – 3,238 hryvnias, junior medical staff – 3,200 hryvnias.

“Thus, the wages of junior medical personnel, nursing staff, medical interns and doctors with little experience of work will be equalized. And this situation will inevitably lead to an even greater outflow of medical staff abroad,” says MP.

In addition, in the draft budget for 2017 the expenses for the medical subvention are increased by 9 billion hryvnias, while 47 billion hryvnias are actually needed.

In order to improve the situation bills №1332, №1164 have been registered in the Parliament and approved in the first reading. These are the bills on increasing the wages and providing social guarantees for health care workers. However, for six months the Verkhovna Rada hasn’t managed to review and approve these bills in the second reading.

“We must remember that doctor is the one upon whom the health and the lives of us and our loved ones depend, and the state must ensure decent wages for these people,” Iryna Sysoyenko states.

Iryna Sysoienko
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