According to MP Iryna Sysoyenko, the Cabinet of Ministers is destroying the emergency medical service of our state, ignoring the needs of the industry. Despite the fact that a working group was created in April to prepare changes to the state budget for financing the state emergency medical care program and immediately solve the problems of the sphere, the relevant bill is still not ready. Consequently, financial problems will remain unresolved until September at best.
Iryna Sysoyenko emphasizes, “The state is not fulfilling its duty by providing no financing for the emergency medical care program. It disrespects its citizens so much that gives absolutely no money to the service on which the life and health of every Ukrainian depend every day!”
According to the MP, while the Cabinet is neglecting this problem, the death rate in Ukraine is many times higher than the one in European countries, and drivers, paramedics, and emergency medical team doctors are quitting their jobs. “They cannot survive with a minimum wage,” explains Iryna Sysoyenko. “Such low salaries cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Ukraine is the only one humiliating its medical workers so much.”
As a result of discussions with representatives of trade unions, heads of emergency medical centres, a resolution was prepared and signed by the heads of emergency medical centres throughout Ukraine. The resolution is, first of all, about the need to increase the wage level for medical workers. Secondly, it is very important to address the problem of the lack of ambulances. Iryna Sysoyenko emphasizes, “All Ukrainians see the horrible state of the hospitals’ departments throughout Ukraine. They look like prisons rather than medical facilities.”
She continues, “Unless the issue of wages is resolved in the near future, soon there will be no one to respond to the calls of patients and help them. This is understood by almost everyone. Even China has presented Ukraine with fifty ambulances. Thus, in fact, it has done much more for Ukraine in terms of emergency medical care than the Ukrainian government itself.”
The representatives of the industry support the position of Iryna Sysoyenko. For example, the director of the Donetsk Emergency Medical Care Centre says: “These actions must be immediately implemented. The number of our employees is reducing every day. It is becoming more and more difficult to motivate employees with minimum wages.”
Meanwhile, the head of the Zaporizhia centre of emergency medical care underscores, “We need the state to resolve the problems that exist today. For example, the transport problem. Less than half of the vehicles that are used today meet the required standards.” According to him, what we need now in the first place is the implementation of the law on emergency medical care dated 2012.
“What is with the implementation of the law on emergency medical care? Unfortunately, it is not implemented. Instead, the whole Ukraine is discussing the government’s concept of emergency medical care reform. But the concept has no normative value, these are just vain talks,” concludes Iryna Sysoyenko.