The Parliamentary Committee of the Nation’s Health, Medical Assistance and Health Insurance recommended for consideration at the first reading the draft law on the public health system (No. 4142), which provides for the creation of a competent authority in the field of public health.
The committee made the corresponding decision at a meeting on Thursday.
Introducing the bill, Deputy Minister of Health, Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Liashko said that the bill provides for the creation of a single vertical of public health from the national to the local level, which will, in particular, be able to quickly respond to emergency events in the public health system, including responses to outbreaks of diseases, epidemics and accidents of various origins.
The structure of the proposed model provides for the creation of an authorized body in the field of public health at the national level.
“It can be created both from the so-called scratch and on the basis of existing structures with the status of a central executive body. This authorized body in the field of public health is subordinate to the Cabinet, and its activities are directed and coordinated by the Minister of Health. The head of the authorized body becomes and exercises powers of the chief state sanitary doctor of Ukraine,” said Liashko.
According to him, the bill provides that territorial departments of the authorized body will be created at the regional level, and the head of the territorial department will be the chief state sanitary doctor of the corresponding administrative territory.
In addition, the bill provides for the creation of a network of centers for the control and prevention of diseases, which will be formed on the basis of laboratory centers, as well as regional public health centers, which have begun to be created as part of the formation of the public health system.
Centers for control and prevention of deseases at the regional level will be subordinate to the territorial body of the authorized body in the field of public health.
The bill provides that the Center for Public Health will retain its functionality and expertise and will enter the new system as a state institution.
It is assumed that the financing of the new system will be carried out from the state budget provided for expenditures on state public health programs; it is also additionally provided for the possibility of attracting funds from local budgets allocated for financing local public health programs.
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The government committee has approved a list of large-scale privatization enterprises for 2018, which included 26 companies, including five regional energy companies, Centrenergo, Odesa Port-Side Chemical Plant, Turboatom, Zaporizhia Titanium and Magnesium Combine, United Mining-Chemical Company, Sumykhimprom, Acting Head of the State Property Fund (SPF) Vitaliy Trubarov has said.
He said 18 facilities are already managed by the fund, including Ternopiloblenergo, Zaporizhiaoblenergo, Kharkivoblenergo, Mykolaivoblenergo and Khmelnytskoblenergo, Kherson thermal power plant (TPP), Dniprovska TPP, Kryvy Rih TPP and Severodonetsk TPP, Azovmash, Turboatom, Zaporizhia Titanium and Magnesium Combine, Oriana, Aluminum Foil Plant, President-Hotel, Centrenergo, Odesa Port-Side Chemical Plant, and Sumykhimprom.
Trubarov said three enterprises are managed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, including United Mining-Chemical Company, Electrotyazhmash and Dniprovsky Electric Locomotive Plant. Two more objects are managed by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food: the Agrarian Fund and the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine. Each of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of Health manage one enterprise: Krasnolymanska coal company, Ukragroleasing, and Indar respectively.