Russian regions will be instructed to form ambulance brigades to send to war

The Ministry of Health has developed a procedure for paying compensation to regional medical institutions that treat war veterans in Ukraine. Among other things, it is going to finance the sending of doctors to the war zone.

Funds will be allocated from the federal reserve fund. Compensation amount will be equal to the actual costs incurred for providing assistance to military personnel. Regions will be reimbursed for all expenses from February 24, 2022. To receive money, you will need to send an application to the Ministry of Health. It is not required to report on the number of servicemen assisted.

Now military personnel are being treated in hospitals of the Ministry of Defense, but in some regions there are none, and upon returning from the war, the wounded turn to civilian medical facilities, Fedot Tumusov, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Health Protection Committee, explained to Vedomosti. According to him, the Ministry of Health will allocate funds to such hospitals to compensate for the additional workload.

The document also refers to the financing of treatment outside medical institutions, that is, directly in the combat zone. As stated by the chief physician of GAUZ DGKP8 them. Alexander Nevsky in Chelyabinsk Anton Ryzhiy, this is due to the fact that medical organizations operating at the front “can’t cope”. For this reason, “many regions will form ambulance brigades” to go to war, says Ryzhiy. According to him, “this is a temporary measure”, until the mechanisms for providing assistance there are debugged and clinics are not rebuilt.

Oksana Dmitrieva, a member of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, confirmed that because of the war, “the burden” on ambulances and emergency services has “really increased dramatically.” She also noted that the deputies raised the issue of involving civilian hospitals in the treatment of military personnel even when discussing the budget, since there are institutions that are “quite suitable” for work as multidisciplinary hospitals.

In early December, the government allocated funds to the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) to provide medical care to war veterans. 227 million rubles will go to the salaries of medical workers and the purchase of medical devices. According to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, FMBA specialists are forming mobile units that provide medical assistance on the front lines.

The authorities began sending doctors to the war in the spring. Such business trips are of a “voluntary-compulsory” nature. For example, in July, 27 specialized specialists immediately left hospitals and polyclinics in Volgograd for Donbass. ATthe rachas said that only two of their group were volunteers.

Recently, the head of one of the poorest regions of Russia, Tuva, Vladislav Khovalyg, reported on the return of doctors from the Donbass. According to him, doctors from the republic have been sent to the annexed territories twice already. Khovalyg called them volunteers. At the same time, judging by the words of the operating sister Aldynai Mongush, the authorities themselves indicated who would go to Ukraine. “It turned out that the choice fell on me in all respects – by qualifications, age, etc. <…> Upon arrival at the place of the business trip, it was also scary, it was not easy to work,” she said.

It was also reported about the purchase of bulletproof vests by the Federal Siberian Scientific and Clinical Center of the FMBA in Krasnoyarsk. He manages medical unit No. 96, branches of Clinical Hospital No. 51 and FGU “SOMC Roszdrav”.

In addition, doctors are urgently recruited by Wagner PMC, which suffers large-scale losses during the war. According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Anna Malyar, the mercenaries of the group are formed into assault squads, which “come literally over the corpses of their own.”

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