The daily meeting with representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers and the main government agencies responsible for measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus chaired by Volodymyr Zelenskyy took place in the President’s Office. The Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov stressed that more than 200 people recovered from coronavirus for the second day in a row. At the same time, more those infected were registered in the past 24 hours than in the previous day, and the situation needs to be controlled.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy raised the issue of promised surcharges to doctors that were not paid in the regions. In response, the Ministry of Health informed that all the money was transferred to the regions, including 300% surcharges. In addition, Maksym Stepanov has already held a conference call to find out the reasons for non-payment. For the most part, local authorities calculated surcharges not from salary, but from working hours, using not a decree of the Cabinet of Ministers, but a decision of the Ministry of Social Policy of 2003. Therefore, even having the money to pay, the regional authorities were unable to make the necessary additional payments to doctors who work with patients with COVID-19.
"It is taking too long. If local authorities cannot cope with the payment of promised and fair surcharges, it is necessary to look for those who will be responsible for that," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The Minister of Health said that payments would have been made by Friday, and the ministry would receive a report on each doctor.