14:58 10.08.2017

Deputy Health Minister Syvak resigns

Deputy Health Minister of Ukraine Oksana Syvak has resigned because of disagreements about teamwork.

"Today is my last day in the position of Deputy Health Minister as part of this team. I am telling about this because I do not want this to generate rumors, speculations and accounts. I leave the Ministry of Health consciously and have a vision of my future path," she wrote on Facebook, noting that she will report later on the reasons for her decision.

Syvak said that she had made such a decision, "first of all, because of disagreements in approaches to teamwork and loss of mutual trust."

She also stressed the need to change the health system. "Many stages have already been implemented, some of them are ongoing and others have failed. I sincerely wish those plans to be realized," she wrote.

The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday supported Syvak's decision on dismissal, the official page of the Health Ministry reported on Facebook.

Syvak worked as Deputy Minister of Health for European Integration. She also oversaw the development of the Center and the public health system, as well as the reform of the Blood Service.

As earlier reported, Syvak was appointed as Deputy Health Minister in August 2016 as a member of the so-called "Suprun team" together with deputy ministers Pavlo Kovtoniuk and Oleksandr Linchevsky.

Prior to her appointment, she was a consultant to the World Health Organization, an adviser to the Minister of Health and coordinator of the civil organization 'Initiative E +', which is engaged in the rehabilitation of victims in the course of Euromaidan and in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. Syvak also worked as a doctor an obstetrician-gynecologist in the Reproductive Health Center of Kyiv City Clinical Hospital No. 1.

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