📍 The speech of the chairman of the political group “European Socialists” Fridon Injia at the plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia, where Zurab Azarashvili, Minister of IDPs, Labor, Health and Social Protection from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, presented himself by interpellation.
🔹 “Today, in Georgia, up to 95% of medical institutions are sold, which is not the case in any European country. The percentage in European countries is distributed evenly between states and private companies.
🔹 You, as the Minister of Health, are responsible for the health condition of the citizens of our country and the availability and quality of medical services.
🔹 Therefore, I believe that in every district, at the first stage, there should be at least one medical institution, which is responsible for the ministry, and in the next stage, medical institutions should be opened in large settlements, and these medical institutions should definitely be under the control of the state.
The second issue concerns the Republican Hospital, which has always been exemplary and successful. This institution is currently under the control of the state, but the situation there is not favorable and I am requesting you to review the situation there today.
🔹 I believe that the Republican Hospital should be the face of the medical staff, the Ministry of Health, and Georgia as a whole. Take measures and make at least one medical institution in Tbilisi exemplary.
🔹 As a Georgian man, my heart hurts that the children of our country are in other countries and are working there as doctors and quite successfully. During the pandemic, many such Georgian doctors gave us useful advice and instructions in the fight against Covid.
🔹 The children of our motherland, who were educated here, or were partially educated in Georgia and then continued their studies abroad, unfortunately, today, they do not serve our people.
🔹 Our proposal is that the government of Georgia undertakes to create appropriate conditions so that Georgian doctors who have left Georgia can come to Georgia and serve their people and homeland. Or, we can use their knowledge and practical experience as much as possible through today’s digital technologies, thereby increasing the quality of medical services.
🔹 Regarding the emergency situation coordination and emergency assistance center, where about 1200 employees work, I received information that during the time of the former director of the center, Alexander Kalandia, a promise was made that the existing covid supplement, which amounts to about 600 GEL, would be given to the employees in the form of a salary, which until now It didn’t happen. Today, the director of the center is Aleksandre Kutibashvili, and these people are demanding an answer to this promise, and I believe that they must receive an answer to this issue.
🔹 I hope our suggestions and comments will be considered by you and appropriate measures will be taken.
🔹 I thank you and all the medical workers for the dedicated work they did during the hardest period of the pandemic.