Podoliak: The modern medical system humiliates doctors, nurses and patients. We need reform

Iryna Podoliak, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Culture and Spirituality, and Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oksana Syroid continue their working trip to the Odesa region.
Together with the head of the regional Samopomich organization Ivan Smyrenskyi and the chairman of the executive committee Oleksandr Borniakov, the people’s deputies visited Kilia, where they met with local farmers, teachers, doctors and ordinary residents.
One of the most heated discussions was with the workers of the Kilia maternity home. “A medical reform – to be or not to be?” this was the question the medical workers addressed to Iryna Podoliak and Oksana Syroyid.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure adoption of the medical reform, even despite the resistance of some MPs from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc. Today’s Ukrainian medicine is surviving due to enthusiasm. Today the state is financing not the patient, but the premises – beds. And in this a lose-lose situation for everyone: doctors, nurses, and patients,” Podoliak noted. We hope that the reform will strengthen the medical system.
According to Oksana Syroyid, the current Minister of Health Uliana Suprun is interested in reforming the system as no one else, “Uliana Suprun is the first person who rebelled against the pharmaceutical mafia. Who knows, maybe once we will have the same state regulation of medicine prices as in Germany.”
The deputies believe that in the process of health care system reforming, the processes of decentralization and association of communities will be useful, “These two processes are necessary for the development of infrastructure, medicine, educational and cultural institutions. These are the things only the community can take care of, so unification is inevitable,” said Syroyid.
According to Oksana Syroyid, implementation of medical reform should be carried out on several levels:
“Simultaneously with the development of local infrastructure – in particular roads, for the convenience of medical transport movement – the technical and laboratory facilities should be developed, clinics at medical universities should be improved, as well as such highly specialized branches as oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and the like. If we want to move forward, we must implement these changes simultaneously,” Oksana Syroyid says.

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