On 19 September, healthcare workers organised a mass protest in Kiev in which more than 1,500 people took part. Among their basic demands are the increase in healthcare subvention of almost 4 billion UAH, higher wages and payment of arrears, and reform of the healthcare system in compliance with the Constitution and legislation. The trade unions also want their voice to be heard.
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"This peaceful action is just a warning, to see if we are heard. And then, based on the results, we will take a decision," said the President of the Health Workers’ Union of Ukraine (HWUU) Viktoriia Koval. "If we are not heard, we will take more action," she added.
"We know that reforms are always difficult. Many countries have passed through reforms. But today the proposed reform in Ukraine will kill the sector and be disastrous for people. Do not let this happen!"