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Vologda Region Governor took part in a round-table on health service improvement and support for medical workers.
The main objective of the round-table was to identify issues related to the quality of health care in the Vologda Region, and bonuses for doctors and paramedical staff.
Roundtable members held discussions with a wide variety of experts at the Vologda Medical College.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the ongoing shortage of health workers, leaving many health care facilities short-staffed. Staffing has been an issue for many years. But the pandemic made it worse. Serious and widespread quality problems exist throughout Vologda’s medicine. These problems occur in small and large communities alike, in all parts of the region. The industry has been underfunded for several decades. Today we are ready to increase the volume of its financing, increase support measures to attract qualified specialists", noted Oleg Kuvshinnikov, Vologda Region Governor.
Emergency specialists shortages are a long-standing issue, but because of COVID, it is anticipated to grow. Health workers are overworked and they are exhausted from the pandemic.
Health workforces are poorly distributed are across the region. It's distributed by where there happens to be hospitals that have a lot of resources. The chairman of the Vologda Medical Association suggested to unify the support measures that are being implemented in various districts of the region.
Roundtable members reached consensus on organization of narrow specialists’ visits to remote districts of the region for early detection and diagnosis of diseases. It will reduce premature mortality from various diseases.
Summing up, the Governor noted that this year almost RUR 16 bln from the regional and federal budgets are provided for the implementation of the healthcare development program. In total, 34 healthcare facilities will be repaired, new medical equipment will be purchased in the amount of RUR 1.8 bln rubles.