The MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Korolevska stated this at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision.
“Government Resolution No. 389 on the reassignment of subsidies today leads to the fact that citizens are deprived of state support, and salaries and pensions are not raised. As a consequence, people simply cannot pay bills. For the last month we visited the Dnipro, Zaporizhia, Pavlohrad, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi and Zhytomyr. Everywhere people ask for support and protection. Together with the heads of social services in the field, we identified those global problems that must be solved by forcing the government to cancel its unconstitutional decisions,” the opposition politician said.
She noted that only in the past month in the country, the number of subsidies has decreased by half. Debt on municipal payments grows every day. A record amount of 40 billion hryvnia – it’s debts of the population for housing and communal services, about 11 billion hryvnia – debts of local governments.
“If you do not interfere with the situation, such a colossal debt will lead to a complete collapse of the entire system. We demand to reassign subsidies on the principle of “tacit consent’, to introduce a moratorium on tariff increases and raise social standards. Not as the government does, raising pensions by 62 hryvnia, and returning a coefficient of 1.35, which will make it possible to raise pensions by at least 30-35%,” the MP emphasized.
Discussed on the Committee and issues related to medical reform. Natalia Korolevska voiced the reality of the reform of Acting Minister of Health Ulana Suprun on the ground: there are not enough vaccines, insulin, hospitals under threat of closure, the issue of medical assistance has not been resolved before the end of the year, the contract with the National Health Service is in question. She demanded to set realistic deadlines for the implementation of the first stage of the reform and to abolish the second-level reform from January 1, 2019.
“Our task is to create a powerful lobby for social protection and prevent a collapse in this area. We unite the efforts of professionals to correct mistakes of the government and minimize the disastrous consequences of reforms for the people and social sphere of the country,” Natalia Korolevska summarized.