In Chop, doctors are rallying due to lack of funding
This morning, workers of the "Chop" station hospital rallied near the Chop City Council building. They still have not been paid salaries, not given money for utilities and medicines.
Until recently, this institution had been maintained by the "Ukrainian Railways", but now it is the responsibility of the City Council. The City Council received the subvention to finance the institution. However, the hospital workers have not received money because the hospital still has not been transferred to the balance sheet of the city.
According to the deputy mayor Igor Hizhan, the protesters demanded to resolve the issue of funding. For this, an extraordinary session of the city council will be held in Chop. "We have decided to convene an extraordinary session at 14:00 on Friday, March 4. We will decide what to do next. Of course, we can cancel our previous decisions for financing of the institution, etc., but this will not solve the problem. It will look like we distanced ourselves from the problem, and this is exactly what the hospital workers demand - Igor Hizhan said. - They want to be financed directly from Kyiv, rather than from the city budget."
Instead, the head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal stated on his official website that the city authorities of Chop will be forced to resolve the issue with the railway hospital in court if they do not fulfill their obligations.
"The City Council received a medical subvention to finance the hospital in Chop. That is the city has the money for salaries, utilities, etc., but the "mayor" of Chop refuses to fund the establishment for contrived reasons - because the hospital property has not been transferred to the city. But the property is leased by the hospital, so the process of its transfer will be long, since it requires the relevant decisions of the Cabinet. In all other cities of Transcarpathia, such hospitals are financed without problems. If the medical subvention in Chop is not used, it will be returned to the state budget, so the money will be lost, and the hospital staff (around 61 people) will be left without salaries."