A working group of the Civic Chamber and the Expert Council will examine lists of candidates for public councils affiliated with the Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Healthcare on whom Internet-consultations had been finalized.
Let us remind that on October 21, ranking voting at ministries’ websites for PCs' candidates ended. Any citizen could come forward as a candidate or nominate his/her candidate. There were 284 nominations submitted to the website of the Ministry of Labor; organizations nominated additional 57 candidates. 262 applications were submitted to the Ministry of Healthcare; of those more than one hundred were named through open nominating. The Council affiliated with the Ministry of Labor will have 30 people in it, while the Council affiliated with the Ministry of Healthcare will be composed of 31 persons.
“Formation of public councils taking place now is an experiment of the kind, because this is the first time when we exploit internet-voting. It is clear that various methods driving the numbers up could be used. We will carefully examine the lists we had been given and the people who want to become members of public councils, look into their goals and motives,” RF CC Vice President Vladislav Grib said.
In his turn, coordinator of the Expert Council under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation Georgy Belozerov had also pointed at the unique character of the practice of Internet-consultations; however, he also believes that there might be “cases of driving the numbers up.” He promised that the Working Group will carefully examine both lists of candidates and those who nominated them. “It is important to us that only society-supported experts were included in the councils,” he stressed.
First Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection Sergey Velmyaikin gave the lists with the results of the Internet-voting to the Working Group. He noted that candidates were divided into 5 groups: representatives of working organizations; associations of people with disabilities, pensioners, and children’s protection; trade unions; employers and business-communities; anti-corruption organizations. “We did it this way in order to guarantee that the broadest social groups were represented in the composition of our public council,” Velmyaikin explained.
Deputy Minister of Healthcare Dmitry Kostennikov told that more than 800,000 people took part in the Internet-voting. He stressed that outcomes of Internet-consulting will be taken into consideration along with other equal factors. Kostennikov noted that there are still some drawbacks in this sort of voting, but there will be no reconsideration of the voting results.
“No doubt, we are not too satisfied with how Internet-consulting had taken place. Possibly, we insufficiently used technical means to make this voting more honest,” he said. “At the same time, it is exemplary, and we do not intend to misinterpret its results.”
“We have already accumulated a lot of materials, and we are interested to hold the first meeting the soonest to let members of the councils distribute their duties, work out a system of interaction with the ministry and public structures, and outline a specific working plan,” Kostennikov added.
The major directions of the public council’s work, according to the Deputy Minister, shall become matters of medical preparations circulation; formation of independent assessment of the quality of medical institutions’ operation; control over execution of the plans till 2018 publicized by the Ministry.
President of the National Medical Chamber, prominent physician Leonid Roshal stressed that the most important thing is to make sure the public councils were not tamed. “This does not mean that we must fight; we need a constructive dialogue: to argue on some things, to support other things,” Roshal pointed out. “It is a fine and tedious job to convey people’s voice to authorities.”
Also, the President of the National Medical Chamber is concerned in regards of voting results.
“We, professionals, know well who is who. For many years, we could see who was what in public life, and who and how behaved at congresses and conferences discussing issues. I am looking at the number of votes: Vaganov is a person who had saved pediatrics in the 1990s; he is a wise and knowledgeable person; he would have been very useful at the Public Council; however, he has got less than hundred votes. Starchenko is a fighter; a person who always stands for patients and doctors’ rights; he also has less than a hundred votes. Boikov is the Chair of the Ambulance Doctor Association. All these serious people were left out in the cold because they never asked their friends or collectives for support, they did not run a PR-campaign,” Roshal told. “I still have my questions on this matter.”
Chairman of the RF CC Commission on the control on the reform and modernization of the healthcare system Nicolai Daikhes is sure that those people who are not included in the council will be able to take active part in its work.
“The Public Council is not a membership club. There is no doubt that the Council affiliated with the Ministry of Healthcare will engage these people as experts, and all these people should work with it,” the CC Member is sure.
And the RF CC Vice President stressed one more time that outcomes of Internet-consulting will be taken into consideration under otherwise equal conditions but will not be determinant.