We urgently need to do something about doctors’ wages, Iryna Sysoyenko

Today, on the eve of the Medical Worker’s Day, MP from the “Samopomich Union” faction, Iryna Sysoyenko, reminded about a number of bills aimed at social supporting and protection of health care workers which have not yet been considered by the Verkhovna Rada.

“Unfortunately, over the years of Ukrainian independence, we have failed to amend our legislation to ensure financial well-being and social protection for this category of workers. According to official data, an experienced health worker in Ukraine receives an average salary of 2,000 to 4,000 hryvnias. While an average salary of a novice doctor in Europe is 2,000 euros. It is no wonder that many of our specialists go abroad for permanent residence. And those who stay to work in our country have to survive with such humiliating wages. Something must be urgently done about it. Therefore, I am once again appealing to the Government and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Two important bills have been there in the Parliament for a long time: №1332 on social guarantees for health workers and №1164 on emergency medical services (on increasing the salaries of emergency teams’ employees).

These two important bills should be adopted in the second reading as soon as possible, because in case of their adoption by July 15, 2016 in the framework of formation of the budget policy for 2017 there will be provided some additional costs to increase the wages and rates of salary of health workers in accordance with the length of service,” said the deputy Chairman of the Committee on Health, Iryna Sysoyenko.

The lawmaker has also noted that the Cabinet of Ministers’ resolution №524 provides mandatory payments to doctors and nursing staff for the formation of expenditures for recovery and annual welfare assistance, but this list does not include assistant nurses and household staff. It is necessary to revise this resolution and envisage funds for this category of health workers as well.

Also Iryna Sysoyenko voiced an appeal to the President of Ukraine to start celebrating the World Family Doctor Day.

“Family medicine is one of the most effective strategies for improving the effectiveness of the health care system and is aimed at solving the problems of preserving and improving health of the whole population. In Ukraine, the primary health care institutions network is represented by 5.5 thousand centers of primary health care and family medicine clinics, the number of medical staff is more than 35 thousand people, among them there are 13 thousand general practitioners,  the assistant medical staff  majoring in “general practice – family medicine” make up 22 thousand people. A single general practitioner provides services to 1500 to 2000 people (500-600 families),” said the MP.

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