Ukrainian Churches and religious organizations support medical reform
The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations has supported the medical reform initiated by the Ministry of Health.
The discussion on this topic was held at a meeting of the All-Ukrainian Parliamentary Assembly on June 21, under the chairmanship of the Chief Bishop of the Ukrainian Pentecostal Church Mykhaylo Panochko, according to the Institute of Religious Freedom.
The discussion was also attended by Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Healthcare Olga Bohomolets. Participants of the meeting have agreed that the current state of the health care system in Ukraine is unsatisfactory and highly corrupt. That is why it is necessary to support the medical reform initiated by the Ministry of Health, which should take place in the interests of people and society as a person is the highest social value in the Ukrainian state.
The AUCCRO also expressed its readiness to cooperate with the Parliamentary Committee on Healthcare and expressed its full support for the legislative initiatives of the Committee regarding the healthy lifestyle, in particular on protection against the harmful effects of tobacco smoke (Bills 4030a and 2820).
The AUCCRO expressed its gratitude for understanding and taking into account the position of the religious community regarding the presumption of disagreement with the draft law on transplantation of organs approved by the Committee. However, the question remains regarding the moral solution of the problem of the use of fertile materials (obtained as a result of abortion).
In addition, the participants of the meeting discussed the prospects for the introduction of the medical chaplaincy in Ukraine.
As reported by the IRS, at a previous meeting, the Council of Churches was briefed on the content of medical reform directly by the acting Minister of Health Ulyana Suprun.
In addition, the participants of the AUCCRO meeting discussed the ratification of the Istanbul Convention (Bill 0119). The Council of Churches urged parliamentarians not to ratify the Istanbul Convention because of the substantial remarks made to this document, but to take other measures to counter domestic violence.