14 September 2017

The system of medical supply in the area of defense has a number of lacunas and obscure mechanisms. They can lead to corrupt practices in procurement of medicines and medical products, purchase of products of low quality for the frontline and for military clinical centers. Besides, the medical supply system cannot offer effective procedures of reaction to complaints about unsatisfactory quality of the purchased goods. These are the conclusions laid out in the international research “What the Doctor Prescribed? Corruption Risks in the System of Medical Supply in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.” It has been carried out by the analysts of the Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee (Nezalezhnyi Antykoruptsiinyi Komitet z pytan Oborony, or “NAKO”) – a joint initiative of Transparency International Defence & Security (the UK) and the Ukrainian chapter of the global anti-corruption network Transparency International. The research is based on in-depth interviews with the employees of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, volunteers and international experts, as well as analysis of documents and media publications.