The Minister for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine Oleksii Chernyshov chaired a regular meeting of the Government Commission on Investigation of Causes of the Emergency Situation, which occurred on January 21, 2021, in Nyzhnia Hyivska Str., 150, in Kharkiv. The fire killed 16 elderly people: 15 at the scene and one person died at the hospital.
During the meeting, members of the Commission heard and discussed reports of representatives of the National Police, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Kharkiv Regional State Administration on the investigation of the causes of the emergency, assistance to families of victims and inspections of social institutions throughout Ukraine.
As of February 2, 1,205 social facilities have already been inspected: homes for the elderly, nursing homes for the disabled, centers for alcohol and drug addicts. In the dozens of those there were revealed violations in registration documents and compliance with fire regulations. At the same time, 335 out of 538 currently inspected homes for the elderly are not included in the Social Service Providers Register. The members of the Commission were instructed by the responsible authorities to continue the inspections and report on their final results on February 9.
"We have two objectives: to identify the exact number of social institutions that operate illegally, and after eliminating all possible violations to bring their maximum number to the legal field and develop legislation that will actually regulate the operation of providing social services sector. This is the only way to put an end to the functioning of social "invisible objects" and, consequently, to prevent such tragedies as we had in Kharkiv," said Oleksii Chernyshov, Minister for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine.
On behalf of the Commission, the Ministry of Social Policy together with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine will continue to work on simplifying the procedure for obtaining social services and the legal mechanism for inspecting economic entities that provide them.
The work of the Government Commission and the final results of inspections of social facilities and the conclusions on the work of the temporary body will be published on February 19.