Success of healthcare reform depends on successful creation of national healthcare service

 Success of the healthcare reform depends on the successful creation of the central body responsible for financing of healthcare services – the National Healthcare Service of Ukraine, Deputy Health Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Kovtoniuk has said.

"The National Healthcare Service with time would become the key driver of the reform. The authority is one of the cornerstones of the healthcare reform," he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

Kovtoniuk said that at present, the National Healthcare Service is at the stage of preparation for its creation. After adoption of the government resolution on its creation a tender to select the head of the authority will be announced.

He said that currently no concrete candidates for the post of the head of the National Healthcare Service are discussed.

"No names. When we announce the tender we would not only make an announcement, but we will actively monitor the market and select. Maybe, we will attract a recruiting company," Kovtoniuk said.

"We are interested in having the head of the National Healthcare Service as soon as possible. This is a hard task in the conditions of acute shortage of personnel," he said.