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27.04.2012

“Oversight institutions” in the sphere of oncology, cardiology and pediatrics to appear in Saratov Region

Minister of Health of Saratov Region Alexey Danilov announced the creation of “oversight institutions” in the region, which will investigate causes of sharp rises of various diseases in the municipal districts. The “Saratov Business Consulting” agency reports that supervisors will be assigned from the non-staff specialists of the Ministry, each of them will be responsible for specific area of activities. The experts will conduct independent examinations of the local health care systems effectiveness and report on key indicators - morbidity, mortality and demographic increase.

To counterbalance the union of health care officials the “Council of Chief Physicians” will be created in Saratov Region. The Council will work on an ongoing basis and its members will discuss common challenges, share experiences and offer proposals to the Ministry to optimize activities. Each member of the Council will cooperate with his/her own team of specialized physicians. These teams of practicing physicians with necessary equipment will travel to towns and villages, where any increase in disease incidence was revealed to investigate the cause of such increases.

Officials at the regional Ministry of Health assured that they are not referring to one-day visits: during travels doctors will have to counsel patients to draw up statistics and prepare plan for prevention of disease incidence increases in the future. Orders are already signed and schedules prepared for travels of “field medical teams”. Oncologists, cardiologists, pediatricians and obstetricians will be among the first specialists who will go to the problem areas.