Serzh Sargsyan held today a consultation to discuss existing problems in the health sector, including the use of state control mechanisms and ensuring the population's access to health services.
"I would like to know why many of the complaints in our society are related to this important sphere," Serzh Sargsyan said. "Our citizens raise their voices, saying that the "state order" system does not work properly, bribes are frequently taken. Citizens complain about "incorrect and irresponsible medical treatment" and low-quality services, abuse of their rights, red tape, medicines, and the current situation".
Head of the Control Service of the Armenian President Hovhannes Hovsepyan gave a report about the state procurement process in the health sector, the situation in the drug market, and the results of the checks conducted by the Control Service on September 19-26, as a result of which a number of violations were revealed.
Minister of Health Derenik Dumanyan spoke about the problems of the health sector and the proposals aimed at their solution, which have been singled out by the Ministry, taking into account the recommendations made at the previous government consultation invited by Serzh Sargsyan.
After familiarizing himself with the reasons of the existing problems and discussing them with the consultation participants, Serzh Sargsyan called the situation in the health sphere shameful, criticizing the inaction of executives of both the Ministry of Health and several other state bodies. At the conclusion of the consultation, the Armenian president gave instructions to the executives. It was decided to develop a program of significant changes in the health sphere within 6-8 months - based on the proposals - and to submit it for approval.