Putin admits failure of health care system modernization

Putin admits failure of health care system modernization

The head of state agreed with the complaints of Russians about the shortage of doctors and long lines.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the modernization of the primary health care system a failure. The head of state noted the fairness of the complaints of Russians about long lines to doctors and a lack of specialists, as well as the discontent of medical workers with salaries and high workload. 

“If our primary health care link is in the condition it is in at the moment, the number of heart attacks and strokes will not decrease. Because the is a failure in the primary link, that is the problem,” Putin said at a meeting with members of the Russian government.

In addition, Putin recalled that “a significant part” of medical and sanatorium facilities has not been “neither renovated nor thoroughly repaired” since the Soviet era when they were built. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said at least 370 Russian district hospitals and clinics require demolition. 

The president instructed the government to develop an action plan by October 1 to eliminate the voiced problems.

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