In order for Zhytomyr health workers to receive salaries, Zhytomyr City Council deputies allocated from the budget almost 1 million UAH during the regular session. Nevertheless, this is only a small part of the required amount, since the total financial need before the end of the year is 53 million UAH, and the subvention from the state budget is not received.
"The mayor of the city informed us that a commission from the Ministry of Health is coming to see with their own eyes that we can not cut anything any more and can not economize. In fact, we are underfunded by the subvention, so that we reduce staff, beds and everything else. But we must stand up for the interests of patients and doctors. Zhytomyr is one of the cities that did not lower its head before the medical reform and did not blindly fulfill all the whims of the ministry. Apparently, therefore, they fell out of favor with the government," the politician noted.
It is equally important that Zhytomyr is a regional center, therefore, not only citizens are served here, but also residents of nearby villages and other residents of the region who need qualified assistance from a particular specialist.
"So let the commission be like our medical institutions, see the queue, see the overcrowded hospitals. Be sure to visit the stroke center in the first city hospital, where the patients lie in the corridors, because there are not enough places. That's when we'll talk, if our employees are superfluous, or vice versa - we need to expand the staff," the opposition MP stressed.
Natalia Leonchenko hopes that exactly such arguments, seen by the Health Ministry Commission personally, will be able to put an end to this issue and Zhytomyr will finally receive a full salary subsidy for medical workers. After all, in the conditions of introduction of medical reform in Ukraine, when doctors require high qualification and far-reaching skills, as well as increased workload, no health worker should be left without wages.