President of Ukraine

President met with doctors of the Kherson region and discussed the vision of medical reform

20 August 2020 - 13:27

President met with doctors of the Kherson region and discussed the vision of medical reform

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is convinced that medical workers in Ukraine should have not only good working conditions, but also a decent salary. He said this during a conversation with the staff of the Kherson сity сlinical hospital.

"With all due respect to primary care physicians, it seems to me that it is unfair when the salaries of some doctors are higher than others. And the comparison here did not depend on the quality of the doctor, professional actions, merits, education, etc. The comparison is that part of the reform was done, and part was not,” the Head of State said.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that the reform of the medical sector is now virtually at the very beginning, and added: the authorities are doing everything to correct the situation.

"We honestly said that there are doctors in the country, but medicine is a big problem. Our doctors are excellent, but we don’t have medicine either technically, or in terms of conditions, or in terms of the level of wages. We are at the beginning of all these actions and want to create a really normal medicine," the President stressed.

Medical workers also raised the issue of forming a clearer list of services to be provided to citizens.

The Head of State agreed that this should be done.

"There is nothing wrong if you honestly tell a person that this is free, and this is not, unfortunately, so far you need to spend money on it. People should understand this, and it should be so. We should not tell stories that we have everything for free, and then we do not provide all services to people," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Director of the hospital Alla Malytska expressed belief that the reforms will be effective if the authorities and specialists in the relevant fields work closely together.

The head of the regional state administration drew the President's attention to the situation with the fight against the spread of coronavirus in the region and noted that the region has one of the lowest rates of morbidity. Anti-coronavirus chief of staff Yuriy Romaskevych said that this was achieved through the rapid detection of all persons who came into contact with patients with COVID-19 and PCR testing within 24-30 hours, which helped significantly reduce the spread of the virus.

"We try not to wait until we are approached, we try to find a carrier and isolate. We fight epidemics as it is done all over the world,” Yuriy Romaskevych emphasized.

The President thanked the medics for their work and wished them health.

"Thank you for your work. I think your practice is necessary for some of our regions," Volodymyr Zelenskyy summed up.