Med-Reform gets over the finish line

Odessablog's Blog

19th October witnessed the planets finally align to see the final draft laws required to complete reform of the State medical services in Ukraine pass through the Verkhovna Rada.

The two remaining draft Bills passed with 240 and 234 votes “for”.

A reader may ponder whether this is a result of Health Ministry and external partners persistence paying off, or a reaction to the current tense atmosphere surrounding the Verkhovna Rada relating to opposing sides with regard to anti-corruption court, CEC and electoral law, and MP immunity that has brought protesters and tents to the Verkhovna Rada – not withstanding unnecessary scuffles and unlawful violence.  As such neither side would wish to be seen to have these issues be seen to prevent other reform legislation progressing and be held hostage.

Perhaps it is a combination of both.

This is a particular problem for civil society that has energetically backed the…

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