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22/05/2018

Patients’ Organizations Call Tymoshenko to Stop Manipulating the Theme of International Pharmaceutical Procurement

41 patients’ organizations released an open letter to Julia Tymoshenko calling her not to voice unverified information about international pharmaceutical procurement and not to discredit the reform so important for all patients.
22/05/2018

The appeal of patient organizations to Yulia Tymoshenko

Dear Yulia Volodymyrivna, yesterday, at the Coordination Board meeting you disseminated false information about government procurement of medicines through the international organizations.
05/03/2018

New Executive Director of the CF «Patients of Ukraine» Elected

Inna Boiko is elected as the Executive Director of the CF «Patients of Ukraine». This decision was made by the members of the Foundation at the annual meeting.
23/02/2018

General Prosecutor’s Office Closed Criminal Case against CF "Patients of Ukraine"

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine made a decision on closing the criminal case filed against the Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine”. The letter from the GPO indicates that the criminal case in relation to CF “Patients of Ukraine” was terminated on November 14, 2017 “owing to the absence of elements of a crime in its actions”.“From the very beginning we kept saying that we were not afraid of any inspections as we had nothing to hide, comments Inna Boiko, Acting Director of the Foundation, – It’s a great pity that we had to waste almost six months to prove our point. It was six months of nerves and efforts of all our colleagues, who had to look through the files of three years back and attend court trials”. Interestingly, that the GPO letter also specifies the reason for filing the criminal case, in particular: “…entry in the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations based on information from mass media about financial crime”. Unfortunately, it is equally disappointing that the real crimes at the prompting of journalists investigators are not always under inquiry. It is to be recalled that the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine filed a criminal case against CF “Patients of Ukraine” for “procurement of medicines at inflated prices” and “embezzlement in relation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in especially large amounts”.  That said, the CF “Patients of Ukraine” never procured medicines and was never involved in this activity, while the Global Fund with its regular external auditing of the targeted use of resources by the CF “Patients of Ukraine” never found any violations. In October 2017 the investigation moved into its active phase, when the investigators from the General Police Directorate of Ukraine received access to the files of the Foundation with the right to suppress all documents for the whole post-Maidan period of 2014-2017. In January 2018 the Foundation was under extraordinary tax inspection assigned by the Peshersk court. It emerged that the investigation continued after the case had been closed by the GPO in November 2017, which was illegal. Once the prosecutor closes the case, further investigation is terminated in compliance with the law. At the same time the Tax Inspection Service did not reveal any violations of the law in the work of the CF “Patients of Ukraine” and confirmed the targeted use of the grant resources, however the fact of this tax inspection taking place after the case was closed is illegal.
20/10/2017

General Prosecutor’s Office and National Police Received Financial Documents of Patients’ Organization for 3 Years as Part of Fictitious Criminal Case

The investigator of the Main Investigations Directorate of the National Police of Ukraine is currently reviewing and copying the documents of the Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine”. This is the first seizure of the documents from the NGO, a member of the community “Reanimation Package of Reforms” Senior investigator for especially important cases of the National Police Main Investigations Directorate Nykytyuk S.S. and the National Police investigator Roman Onyshchenko came to seize the documents. They could not explain the legal merit of the claim and were not familiar with the materials and content of the criminal case in detail. “I am an executor of a particular investigative action, which is the seizure of documents. The details are known to the chief of the investigation team”, Onyshchenko explained. According to him, the investigation team for this case consists of three members. Senior investigator Nykytyuk, who received the court order for the seizure of documents, refused the comments and only reported that the case is filed by the General Prosecutor’s Office and that all questions should be addressed to them. The documents are seized according to the Pechersk Court ruling as part of the criminal case on “procurement of medicines for unreasonably high prices” and “embezzlement of money of the international organization “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria” in especially big amount”. “For 6 years of its work the CF “Patients of Ukraine” never procured any medicines, not a single pack, not for any project. The investigators cannot explain what the source of this information is. The court ruling does not explain it either. We cannot understand, which arguments were used by the investigators to persuade the judge to issue the permission for this seizure. The seized documents do not contain information on the medicine procurement!”. The law enforcement authorities want to seize all financial documents of the CF “Patients of Ukraine” for the post-Maidan period. “Court ruling received by prosecutors and investigators does not contain any fact or specific period that would be of interest to the law enforcement officers. This indicates that there were no grounds for prosecuting the case, which is a ‘designer case’ with the aim of obtaining financial documents of the organization and finding something there after that”, NGO staff considers. “We regard this as a lever of pressure, as an attempt to block our activities because the Global Fund has no questions to us. We have been working together for many years and every year they extend this cooperation”, states Olga Stefanyshyna, the Executive Director of the CF “Patients of Ukraine”. It is noteworthy that the Global Fund regularly attracts external auditors to confirm the target use of the funds by the CF “Patients of Ukraine”. Activists also associate these actions of the law enforcement officers with the fact that these organizations were engaged in promoting the reform of public procurement of medicines and in delegating this function to the international organizations. This reform, according to the estimates of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine and anti-corruption organizations, annually saves for Ukraine up to 40% of the state budget for procurement of the medicines. It is worth mentioning that 588 organizations receive funding from the Global Fund in Ukraine, including 354 health facilities (AIDS centers, tuberculosis dispensaries), 124 correctional institutions and 100 NGOs Slidchi 2 (2)image1 (6)image2 (4)NikitukSlidchi 2 (1) For information: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established by the United Nations in January 2002 to assist in funding the national AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in countries with a low level of own resources. Contact person Olha Pryshko olga.p@patients.org.ua +380959346241
12/10/2017

Pediatrician Drags Medical Reform through the Verkhovna Rada

The next drop in the cup of patience of the activists and public expecting the health reform overrun into the action in front of the Verkhovna Rada. Representatives of the public organizations, patients community and health workers got together in Grushevsky street to motivate the MPs to put bills 6327 and 6604 to vote and support them.
11/10/2017

National Police Seizes Documents in the Largest Patients’ Organizations. Activists Claim Pressure from the Authorities

Today, on October 11, investigators of the Main Department of the National Police of Ukraine with approval of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine came with the ruling of the Pechersk District Court to seize the documents from the office of the Charitable Fund “Patients of Ukraine”. According to this ruling the documents are suppressed from the CF “Patients of Ukraine” and CO “All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS” for emergency tax inspection and audit as well as for forensic economic and graphologic examination. The National Police and the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine blame the leadership of these organizations in embezzlement of the assets f the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “We regard these steps of the law enforcement authorities exclusively as pressure on the patients’ anticorruption organizations”,  states Olga Stefanyshyna, the Executive Director of the CF “Patients of Ukraine”. “Our organizations are regularly audited and all our financial documents are in open access on the websites. We are supported by the largest international organizations, so legal action against us is an undeniable attempt to intimidate and paralyze the work of our organizations”. It is noteworthy that the Global Fund regularly attracts external auditors to confirm the target use of the funds by the organizations recipients. “Our organizations regularly undergo special audits by the audit companies, specifically at the request of the Global Fund, and no violations were detected. Surprisingly, the organization that supports us financially does not see any violations in the use of its own money, while Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are trying to file criminal case against us”, adds Olga Stefanyshyna. Activists also associate these actions of the law enforcement officers with the fact that these organizations were engaged in promiring the reform of public procurement of medicines and in delegating this function to the international organizations. This reform, according to the estimates of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine and anti-corruption organizations, annually saves for Ukraine up to 40% of the state budget for procurement of the medicines. “Tender ‘treasure trove’ is shutdown. The pharmaceutical mafia loses billions on procurement of medicines through the international organizations. Now this money is no longer transferred to the accounts of the shell companies, but used to procure additional medicines for patients”, says Dmitry Sherembey, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian PLWHA Network.  “We, as patients, stand for this reform in order not to give way to the corruption schemes. That is why people who used to cash in on our lives are using the institutional power to frighten us and block our work. It is  nonsense when law enforcers close cases against Bohatyryova’s accomplices and go balls to the wall to fight civic activists”. According to the All-Ukrainian Network of PLHA, they have already received copies of 8 court rulings on opening criminal proceedings against the organizations and on cases filed at the Security Service of Ukraine. It is worth mentioning that 588 organizations receive funding from the Global Fund in Ukraine, including 354 health facilities (AIDS centers, tuberculosis dispensaries), 124 correctional institutions and 100 NGOs The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established by the United Nations in January 2002 to assist in  funding the national AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in countries with a low level of own resources. Contact persons CF “Patients of Ukraine”: +380959346241 Olga.p@patients.org.ua Olha Pryshko “All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS”: Maksim Rovinsky m.rovinskyy@network.org.ua +380502996318
10/07/2017

Monument to Victims of Medical Populism was Erected in Front of the Verkhovna Rada

Patients erected a Monument to the victims of medical populism in front of the Verkhovna Rada. The symbolic crosses with nailed T-shirts bearing the names of the deceased people, who died just shy of treatment, appeared during a public action in front of the Parliament. This is the way the patients demanded from the MPs to vote for bills on medical reform before July 14, that is, before the parliamentary recess. Otherwise, the medical reform will be put off indefinitely. “Unwillingness of the MPs to vote for the medical reform is populism and gratuitous slap in the face of all voters, says Olga Stefanyshyna, Executive Director of the CF “Patients of Ukraine”. – “Now every other Ukrainian is forced to postpone treatment because the state does not provide it, while the MPs continue their mantras on preserving free treatment. For them these are eloquence performance, for most Ukrainians these are claimed lives of native people, who could have been saved if the reform had started 5 or 10 years ago”. This plenary week is the deadline for consideration of the package of bills No 6327 and №6604, which will allow launching the medical reform in the next year. If the Verkhovna Rada ignores this package of bills before July 14, the health care reform will be delayed for at least a year. Draft law No 6327 was supported by the Parliament in the first reading and finalized by a working group composed of people’s deputies. Now the patient community is expecting a positive opinion of the Health Committee and the voting for a package of bills by the Parliament in the second reading. “Recently, my cousin’s 4-year-old daughter Nastya died because of indifference, unprofessionalism and medical error, said Pavel Polamarchuk, the participant of the campaign. – “More than 1,600 Ukrainians die every day, 400 of which could have been saved once the quality of medical services had been improved. The extinction of Ukrainians as a nation through populism and the lack of political will for change will be the personal responsibility of those who delayed the reform and did not vote for the necessary changes” It is to be recalled that the patients repeatedly requested the MPs to start medical reform and to vote for bills proposed by the Ministry of Health. Currently, the working group of the Parliament Health Committee is discussing almost 900 amendments submitted by the people’s deputies. Patients fear that MPs may bury the essence of the reform under the mountain of amendments and adopt entirely different laws or simply killed the bills by populist slogans about “preserving free medicine”, which does not exist in Ukraine de facto. According to the findings of the survey “Cost(LESS) Medicine, 97% of inpatients and outpatients have to pay for the treatment out of their pockets. 49% of patients refuse from treatment because they have no money, 44% of patients have to sell their property or borrow money to cover the cost of treatment. Only one third of Ukrainians seek treatment when they are sick. The reasons are a high cost of treatment and mistrust in doctors. Representatives of the patient community are ready to unite into the national network and to continue their struggle for the reform, and therefore for life, if this week’s populism defeats the common sense and the demands of Ukrainians. “We crossed the point of no return. As patients, we know the price of lost time. It is time for the MPs to take responsibility and choose on whose side they are – people or the corrupt system”, says Dmytro Sherembei, Head of the Coordination Board of the All–Ukrainian PLWH Network,– “During this week, we will see if the deputies can overcome the political impotence and populism. If not, I think the society will have to choose more radical methods of influence. “ During the action, public organizations forwarded the collective appeals to Andriy Parubiy, the Speaker of Parliament, asking for a medical reform to be considered by the Verkhovna Rada this week before July 14, while parliamentary leaders were approached with a request to support these bills in the session hall.  “Sooner or later, each of us will fall sick and die. The modern statistics state that one in four people will have cancer. Therefore, medical reform is the answer to the question on a level of care each of us can expect. So we have to speak about it very loudly “, said Iryna Litovchenko, co-founder of the ICF “Tabletochki”. Previously, patients carried out actions in front of the Parliament, demanding the adoption of laws launching the medical reform . After that the Parliament passed the bill No 6327, which radically changes the system of health care, in the first reading. Through sabotage from the Head of the Health Committee Olga Bohomolets, the NGOs even demanded her resignation. As a reminder, the health reform introduces a fair relationship between a patient and a doctor and is based on three main principles. First, the reform proposes to withdraw from the Soviet principle of paying for beds. This means that the state pays for quality medical services and a patient chooses in which health facility to receive the medical services. This launches the ‘money follows the patient’ principle. Second, the health reform introduces the guaranteed package of medical services with a list of health services to be free for all patients. The state will always pay 100% for emergency car, for a family doctor, GP, pediatrician and for palliative care for the terminally ill patients as well as for childbearing. Cost of specialized medical care and diagnosis will be shared by patients and the state according to the clearly specified rates unified for all Ukrainians. Third, all patients will have equal access to medical care regardless of their social status and income. Every Ukrainian will receive the same medical care as an MP or a minister and will consult the same doctors. It is expected that the official salary of the Ukrainian doctors will be essentially increased due to the changes in the health care financial system specified in the package of bills. 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06/06/2017

Ukrainians in 50 Cities Demand Health Care Reform

In 50 cities of Ukraine thousands of Ukrainians have taken to the streets for the action “Death Hour” in order to support the Health Care Reform. For seeking attention of the people’s deputies the representatives of the patients’ organizations and activists delineated with a chalk the persons on the ground covered with bed sheets. This is the way the participants of the All-Ukrainian action attract attention to the fact that every hour death claims 67 people ill with various diseases. The Health Care Reform may stop these deaths and save thousands of Ukrainians.
26/05/2017

Old medical equipment and rusty hospital beds were exhibited in front of the Verkhovna Rada building

Today the Ministry of Health together with patient organizations, placed in front of the Verkhovna Rada building rusty hospital beds and old medical equipment that are still used in hospitals. Thus the Ministry of Health and activists demonstrated MPs true state of heath care in the country and urged them to put to the vote the package of bylaws on health care reform #6327, #6328, #6329, #6247.