Artificial Deficit: Allocation of Money for Hospital Drugs in Ukraine Ended in November 2016

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In Ukraine, the money allocated by the Cabinet of Ministers for the purchase of medicines for hospitals ended in November 2016. This was reported on the channel NewsOne by Olga Bogomolets, the People’s Deputy of Ukraine from the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” and the head of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Healthcare.

“To date, deliveries for the year 2016 in regions were less than 30%. There is no vaccines at all, as well as serum against botulism. Mortality from this in recent months increased threefold,” said the Director of the medical-diagnostic center “Dr. Bogomolets Institute of Dermatology and Cosmetology”.

This concerns about 4 billion hryvnia sent by the Cabinet of Ministers for the purchase of medicines for hospitals. According to Bogomolets, in 2017 the Parliament allocated 6 billion UAH for the purchase of drugs, but none of the agreements have yet been signed.

Olga Bogomolets is convinced that the shortage of medicines created by the Ministry of Health, headed by Ulyana Suprun, was done so artificially.

“The Ministry artificially created a shortage of medicines in hospitals. The working life of those medicines that came and sit in boxes has expired. Recently, our institutions received reagents, the expiration date of which is November. This means that they can’t be used,” said the People’s Deputy about the provision of drugs as of July 2017.

As a reminder, on July 28th, “Glasnosti” reported the latest data of the World Health Organization on hepatitis in the world. Ukraine is on the list of countries with the greatest number of patients.

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Earlier, the former Minister of Health and People’s Deputy of Ukraine Oleg Musiy accused the acting Minister of Health of Ukraine Ulana Suprun of having links with the international pharmaceutical mafia. The Ukrainian diaspora in New York supported the Ukrainian healthcare reforms of US citizen Ulana Suprun.

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