Oleh Bereziuk visited the cities of Odesa, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Poltava regions in order to communicate with the local residents

During the break between the plenary weeks, chairman of Samopomich Union parliamentary faction, Oleh Bereziuk, traveled over the country and talked with the residents of Odesa, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Poltava regions.

The people’s deputy met with people in their cities. “It’s important for me to spend my time on live communication with people, to hear their opinions. This is the method of developing qualitative reforms,” says Oleh Bereziuk. People were talking and asking about everything that worries them. However, the main question was “How to survive?” Everyone is complaining about the authorities, is outraged by high tariffs, and does not understand many government regulations.

“One of the most topical issues is the government’s intention to raise pensions this year. The smallest pension is 946 hryvnias; it will be raised by somewhere in the range of 300-400 hryvnias; other pensions will be increased by 500 to 1,000 hryvnias. I suppose that this will happen by the middle of autumn … Nevertheless, I think that the increase in pensions is the least the government can do today. First of all, the government does not know how many pensioners there are in the country – we need a single register of pensioners. In addition, every month the pension fund – and this fact has been proved by the Ministry of Finances – spends around 1-1.5 billion hryvnias on people who are not entitled to receive pensions at all. That is, about 14 billion hryvnias per year are wasted, spent on “ghost pensioners”. Therefore, it is necessary to audit the pension fund,” says Oleh Bereziuk.

Oleh Bereziuk says that very often people ask what they should choose to buy – food or medicine. “I always say that for a long time I could not understand all the reforms that several health ministers wanted to implement. Now when this office is held by professional doctor Uliana Suprun the actions of the ministry became clear for me.

“Available medicines” program is already operating, and if it is possible to implement the reform of the out-patient service, this will be a serious step towards improving the quality of patient care in medical institutions when patients will be able to choose doctors, not vice versa,” the MP said.

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