Late 2014 the government updated its requirements for the content of health-care websites. Now they are obliged to furnish extensive data package for patient and regulatory body convenience. However, when state-run institutions, as they become aware of new rules, supplement their representations, private health care facilities seem not to know that these requirements are applicable to them as well. The situation in dentistry is the most critical; experts are warning – health care facilities face imposition of administrative sanctions if no corrective actions are taken.
Today, Vladimir Shepel, Head of the Vologda Regional Court, has proposed to replace state-appointed attorneys with a designated public defender service. According to Shepel, it would improve the quality of legal aid in criminal cases which is now leaves much to be desired. The attorneys’ community has responded negatively to the initiative: some are indignant that the initiative encroaches upon the principle of attorney independence, other note that the initiative will consume huge amounts of money which would be more useful if they were allocated for increasing salaries of state-appointed defense lawyers. The Federal Chamber of Lawyers (RFCL) recommends waiting until a professional standard for criminal defense attorneys is passed which would change the situation.
Lawyers and experts of the labour market told DP about changes of Russian laws that will affect employers in 2017. They mention as the main events the emergence of independent centers of work evaluation, restrictions on agency work, changing the rules of calculation of sickness benefits, increase of the minimum monthly wage and increase of the tax burden on the employer.
Russian pharmaceutical industry is growing by leaps and bounds, but drugs of foreign brands are still dominated on the shelves of Russian pharmacies.
Domestic producers are sharply increasing their share, but above all - in the field of government procurements. To this end, the government specifically protects them from competition.
Soon new obstacles…