On the basis of the audit of the Accounting Chamber on the embezzlement of public funds by the Ministry of Health, MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC faction, Ihor Shurma, addressed the Prosecutor General’s Office and the National Police with inquiries. The oppositionist demands to bring to justice the officials of the Ministry of Health responsible for the ineffective management of the World Bank loan, which led to waste of the state budget subvention, sent to the regions for reforming the health care system.
In this case, we are talking about the implementation of the project “Improving public health in the service of people” by the team of the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the Project (IBRD).
According to the results of the audit of the Accounting Chamber, over the three years of implementation in Oblasts, this Project has been completed by a quarter, at the same time, UAH 196.9 million ($ 7.3 million) unused funds subventions continue to be stored in the accounts of local budgets and budget organizations, UAH 3 864.5 million ($ 136.7 million) remain on the IBRD accounts. At the same time, the Ukrainian side pays for loan agreement service: interest in the amount of $ 2.9 million (data on September, 20, 2019), repayment of the principal loan and the IBRD commission.
In response to the deputy inquiry of Ihor Shurma, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced the opening of criminal proceedings on the fact of embezzlement of budget funds allocated to the Ministry of Health to reform regional health systems.
In particular, on February,8, 2019, the prosecutor’s office of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast made statements in the Unified State Register of Pre-Trial Investigations into the fact of embezzlement of UAH 175.9 thousand by abusing the official position of officials of the Department of Capital Construction of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration and “Commercial Center “Liberton” LLC according to part 2 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Also, on February, 8, 2019, the prosecutor’s office of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast opened criminal proceedings on the fact of embezzlement in especially large amounts – in the amount of UAH 1 303,9 thousand due to the abuse of official position of officials of the Capital Construction Department of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration and “Rubicon Monolith” LLC in accordance with paragraph 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
In addition, on March, 4, 2019, the prosecutor’s office of Poltava Oblast opened the relevant criminal proceedings on the facts that have signs of a criminal offense of officials of the Health Department of the Poltava Regional State Administration in accordance with Part 2 of Article 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.