Putin instructed to deal with crime in medicine

Putin instructed to deal with crime in medicine
Vladimir Putin Photo: Alexandra Mudraz / TASS

The President called a situation where a person can get a free admission to a specialist only after months of waiting, and for money "at any time" a direct violation of the law.

The inability to receive medical care on time without paying doctors is a direct violation of the law, which must be dealt with, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting with Governor of the Amur region Alexander Kozlov, the Head of state instructed him to deal with the appeals of residents of the region, received during the June 15 direct phone-in.

"It's not just your region, it's happening far and near. There is a need to register for a month, there are no coupons, and you should wait for three months to have tests. For money - at any time. This is a crime," Putin said, handing over a file of appeals to the Governor (a quote from TASS).

The President also pointed to the inadmissibility of closing medical institutions in small settlements, resulting in people being denied access to doctors.

August 1, Head of the Ministry of Health Veronika Skvortsova reported to Putin about the difficult situation with access of residents of small settlements of Russia to medical assistance. According to her, almost 9 thousand villages cannot lay account with the physician reaching them at least an hour later.

During the direct phone-in Putin also had to listen to complaints about problems with medicine in the province. In particular, resident of the city of Apatity Murmansk region Daria Starikova complained that citizens could get help only in the district center or even in Murmansk, which is five hours away.

"Our ambulance does not have time to take us to hospital. We have only one reception room. They do not have time to take people to the hospital. My friend’s mother was not taken in the hospital at time, mother died on the way in an ambulance carriage from a heart attack, the woman was not 50 years old," the girl said.

Daria Starikov herself had long been treated for osteochondrosis and only after she was taken to the hospital, she was diagnosed with cancer of the fourth degree.

"The most important thing is to ensure accessibility. This is the number one task in medicine today - to ensure the availability of medical care," Putin said in response, promising to tackle the Daria’s problem as well.

A few days later, the girl was taken the intensive care unit of the Moscow Research Institute of Oncology named after Herzen by the plane of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and the Investigative Committee instituted criminal proceedings under part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Negligence).

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