“Black Tuesday” in Ukraine – the wave of the mass protests of patients

“Black Tuesday” in Ukraine – the wave of the mass protests of patients

Today, on October 21, mass protests of patients have been held in 17 cities of Ukraine and in Kyiv. The patients dubbed the day as “black Tuesday”. They demanded from the government to procure medicines for critically ill Ukrainians for simplified procedure immediately. For 21 days allocated by the Prime Minister to procure drugs after the last patients’ protest, only 6% has been purchased by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The only option left is to transfer the procurement process to the State Emergency Service and involve the patients to the negotiation process. This means that patients with hemophilia, tuberculosis, oncology, phenylketonuria, viral hepatitis, and hemodialysis are left without treatment that is guaranteed by the State. Sick Ukrainians are not able to purchase the drugs for themselves are left dying. In order to draw attention of the officials, they have come to the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and regional administrations dressed in black and covered the steps with black mourning cloth.

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