Healers derive out of control
The government proposes to cancel special permits for the practice of traditional medicine
The Cabinet of Ministers has prepared amendments to 49 regulatory documents facilitating business. One of the documents concerns the abolition of special permits for the right to engage in healing and folk medicine. It is proposed to retain the licensing of such activities. Experts say that traditional healers will not get the license because of the complexity of this procedure. For this reason, the activity of folk healers can come out from under the control of the state and go underground, which will lead to an increase in the number of people affected by charlatans.
The Ministry of economic development and trade (MEDT) has developed a document on amendments to several laws to facilitate business. One of the proposed revisions relates to the simplification of the practice of folk medicine and healing. Now to get right for such activities, according to article 74-1 of the law “Fundamentals of legislation of Ukraine on health care” to people without medical education you need to register myself as an entrepreneur and to obtain a special permit from the Ministry of health for fiveyears.You also need to obtain expert conclusion on the positive results of treatment and a license from the Ministry of health to conduct medical practice in the specialty of “alternative medicine”.
However, the Ministry propose to allow to perform healing or traditional medicine without obtaining special permission from the Ministry of health. However, the Ministry, as before, will develop qualification requirements for practitioners and the conditions for conducting such activities. The healers also will be required to obtain a license from the Ministry of health. The activities of traditional healers, the government is going to control through scheduled and unscheduled inspections. The explanatory note stated that such permits will be cancelled in those areas of business that already have or will have enough control, including, according to officials of the Ministry, this also applies to traditional medicine.
The acting head of the Committee on folk and alternative medicine at the Ministry of health Tamara Herchuk said that when considering the proposal of the Ministry it had opposed the abolition of special permits. According to her, the license is not easy, and healers are just not doing it. “People don’t follow the license, which is very difficult to obtain, and in some respects it contradicts the concept of folk medicine. People will work underground, somewhere to pay local regulatory authorities and make stupid ads, and to participate in the show, after which will call itself the great psychics,” she said. Mrs. Herzyk noted that the cancellation of special permits will prohibit the state effectively to control the activities of folk healers.
With this view agrees the head of the Commission on the protection of patient’s interests of the Public Council under the Ministry of health Lyudmila Petrenko. She also opposed the proposal of the Ministry. “We’ve had tragic cases where healers were taken for the treatment of diabetes. They reduced some of the herbs blood sugar levels and removed the patient from the insulin, resulting in patients even died”,– she told. Under the law, the healers and doctors of traditional medicine do not have the right to cure the lunatics, oncological, infectious, venereal, infectious skin diseases, AIDS, drug addiction, lead to pregnancy complications and to surgery. Mrs. Petrenko stressed that, on the contrary, need a more careful approach to issuing permits, as in the last time there was a lot of healers who only hurt people.
A member of the parliamentary Committee on health Vasyl Patinack (“Batkivshchyna) said that such changes can swing the country in medieval times. “We had each grandma will treat everybody! I, on the contrary, for the tightening order. If, for example, a physician should spend six years in College, then two or three years in the internship, only after nine years he is entitled to intervene in human health. And in this case, opened a sole proprietorship, and you have to treat people”.