“Samopomich” insists on immediate consideration of laws on medicine

Draft laws on medical sphere reforming should be included into the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada as early as the next plenary week. This was said from the parliamentary rostrum by MP, a member of the “Samopomich” Union faction, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Health, Iryna Sysoyenko, when she emphasized the critical state of the industry.

“The state of our public and municipal hospitals is increasingly deteriorating. During one and a half year work in the Parliament we have hardly adopted any laws on improvements in the health care sphere. Again and again we see no laws on medicine on the agenda; and I do not know how we can be talking about fight against corruption, economy, visa-free regime, while making no improvements in the main sphere – medicine,” stressed the lawmaker.

“In the relevant committee there are bills that have been reviewed by the committee, and they wait to be finally introduced for consideration. The bill “on autonomation of health facilities” which enables medical facilities to manage funds on their own in accordance with the needs of the hospitals. The draft law on transplantation has long ago been registered in the Verkhovna Rada, has been reviewed by the relevant committee, and is waiting to finally get to the parliamentary hall. It was the first step made by the post-Soviet countries, and Ukraine is the only one that still cannot do this,” she said.

“We are just obliged to pass the bills that are ready for the second reading: on increasing the salaries of medical staff, especially of emergency medical services’ staff. People who save lives of Ukrainians every day work in terrible conditions, lack medicines, vaccines, appropriate equipment. At the same time, the average salary of doctors is 2.5 thousand hryvnias. They work in squalid conditions. If we do not pass bills on medicine as soon as possible, people in white coats will leave their operation rooms and will come here, to the Parliament,” said the MP.

Iryna Sysoienko
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