Maksym Stepanov / Photo from UNIAN, by Viacheslav Ratynsky

The Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on National Health, Medical Assistance and Health Insurance has recommended that lawmakers should decide on a motion to dismiss Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.

Thirteen committee members voted for this decision, one was against and one abstained, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

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The motion was submitted by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

The previous voting on such recommendation failed as the decision had been supported only by seven Members of Parliament, another seven abstained, and one was against. Then the chairman of the committee, Mykhailo Radutsky (Servant of the People parliamentary faction), voted to support the decision to fire Stepanov.

The committee's latest decision has greenlighted a consideration by lawmakers of Stepanov's dismissal.

Government reshuffle: Previous developments

  • On May 14, 2021, Ihor Petrashko and Vladyslav Kryklii – ministers of economy and infrastructure, respectively, filed resignation letters for approval by parliamentarians.
  • On the same day, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal submitted a motion to dismiss Health Minister Maksym Stepanov. However, Stepanov said, in turn, he was not going to resign.
  • On May 18, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada will have a special meeting to vote on  Stepanov's resignation.