This week the Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine” marks 8 years of its activities in defending the rights of patients for quality and accessible treatment. During this period we have become the most powerful counselor for the Ukrainian patients.
Today we have brought for MPs the largest 5-meter tablet symbolizing the access to medicines for 2 million Ukrainian patients with different diseases.
KYIV. On February 7, 2019 patients and doctors came to the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center to protect the medical reform and personally Dr Ulana Suprun, the acting Health Minister. The main requirement is to appoint Ulana Suprun to the position of the Minister of Health!
This was announced at the press-briefing by desperate mothers who handcuffed themselves. Their children may be left without treatment because of absurd criminal proceedings related to Anakinra, a costly drug for treatment of primary immunodeficiency.
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.
Dear Yulia Volodymyrivna, yesterday, at the Coordination Board meeting you disseminated false information about government procurement of medicines through the international organizations.
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.
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.