Communal hospital responds to a request by "Procherk" journalist a month and a half later
The Smila City Hospital, which is a communal non-commercial enterprise of the Smila City Council (Cherkasy oblast), responded to an inquiry by a "Procherk" journalist a month and a half later.
As the publication reports, journalist Nazariy Vivcharyk filed his request on April 24, asking to provide the contract signed between the hospital and the National Health Service of Ukraine. The hospital said that they had received the request. On April 28, the journalist sent a reminder about the request.
However, the newspaper writes, the hospital responded on May 4 with a letter that did not contain the requested information. The Smila hospital said that the reason for such a decision is the institution ubgrading their website.
The journalist contacted other medical institutions in the oblast while working on his story. Those provided responses on time.
In the end, Vivcharyk filed a complaint with the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner on Human Rights, asking him to take action to defend the violated rights and bring the guilty parties to justice as per the law of Ukraine.
The publication wanted to report on the free guaranteed treatment offered to patients due to the difficult economic and security situation, as well as a significant decrease the citizens' income.
After the complaint to the Commissioner and the publication of the report, the Smila hospital did provide a copy of the contract with the NHSU on June 8.
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