The Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski, when asked about the administration of the third dose of the vaccine to people who are particularly vulnerable to severe infection, replied that “no certificates will be needed”. – We know the parameters and PESEL numbers of these people, therefore we issue referrals by the National Health Fund – he explained in the morning in RMF FM. In the afternoon, Niedzielski said that 220,000 people are entitled to receive the third dose.
The head of the health ministry was asked this morning in RMF FM about the forecasts for the fourth wave. He said we do not currently have a large number of infections in Poland, but there are noticeable regular increases, which remain at the level of 20-25%. when comparing week to week.
– Today there will be over 350 cases, which means an increase of over 50% compared to the previous week, so maybe it is good that this is a signal that should discipline us and remind us that the pandemic is still with us – said Niedzielski.
The Ministry of Health informed last Wednesday about 234 confirmed infections. Today’s data will be the highest daily increase of new infections since June 10, 2021, when 382 cases were recorded.
Health Minister on the fourth wave of the epidemic
Niedzielski emphasized that due to the number of people vaccinated, the fourth wave will not be as burdenable to the health care system as the previous ones.
– Those who are not vaccinated are much more exposed to the worst consequences – he noted. – More people are safe, this wave of the pandemic will surely translate to a smaller extent into the number of hospitalizations and deaths – he added.
Niedzielski on administering the third dose of the vaccine
The Minister of Health was also asked about the administration of a third dose of the vaccine to people who are particularly vulnerable to severe infection. As he pointed out, “no certificates will be needed”. – We have very clearly defined in the position of the Medical Council seven groups of immunocompromised people. We know the parameters and PESEL numbers of these people, therefore we issue referrals for these people by the National Health Fund – he informed.
As he added, “today there will be a communication from the Minister of Health”. – No later than tomorrow (these people – ed.) Will be able to report to a doctor, and even if an automatic referral is not generated, people with these ailments will be able to go to a doctor who will be able to issue a referral – he indicated.
Niedzielski: 220,000 people are entitled to receive the third dose
Then, at a press conference in Wejherowo, Niedzielski said that 220,000 people are entitled to receive the third dose. – Out of these 220,000, we issued referrals for 140,000 people, these are the referrals that were sent to patients – he said.
He also pointed out that if a person who falls in the group indicated by the Medical Council and does not receive a referral, the doctor has the right to issue such a referral.
Niedzielski on full-time education
In the morning conversation in RMF FM, Niedzielski also referred to the return of the children to school. – We will do everything to ensure that classroom education is as long as possible, the assumption is that there will be no break in stationary studies – declared the minister. He noted that the pandemic may, however, thwart these plans.
When asked about the condition of returning to distance learning, the minister explained that these must be really large numbers of infections, “additionally translating into hospitalization”.
The head of the health ministry also assured that Poland is prepared for an increase in infections. – We are prepared with provincial governors so that within three days we are able to increase the potential of beds from currently 6,000 beds to 12,000 – said Niedzielski.
Minister of Health on the words of the Speaker of the Senate about hospitals
On Saturday Senate Marshal Tomasz Grodzki from the Civic Coalition, who is also a doctor, was a guest of the Campus Polska Przyszłość in Olsztyn. One of the questions concerned ideas for healing the health care system. The Marshal replied that we should follow the example of Denmark, which – after conducting a social survey – radically reduced the number of hospitals and it had a very positive impact on the quality of medical services in this country, and the staff did not lose their jobs.
Grodzki explained that 16 years ago in Denmark there were 132 hospitals for five million inhabitants, and now there are 16 facilities. – No doctor lost his job, because there were no new doctors and nurses, but all of them got offers [pracy – przyp. red.] in these hospitals – he said.
– The staff is satisfied and the patients place Danish medicine in third place in the world – he pointed out. “Health has been separated from politics and it has been understood that it will be difficult but necessary,” he added. As he said, according to the Danish example, in Poland there should be about 130 hospitals for 40 million inhabitants, and there are almost a thousand such institutions “without people, without equipment”. “And if it continues like this, it won’t work,” he assessed.
On Wednesday, when asked if there were too many hospitals in Poland, the head of the Ministry of Health replied that he did not agree with the Senate Marshal’s vision. – Reducing the discussion on the future shape of hospitality to simply saying that there should be a number of them, and not talking about the whole context of changing the entire health care system, is the first logical error – he said.
– And the second logical error is to designate the number of hospitals and put emphasis on their possible liquidation. This is not the way we should go, the availability of medical services should be as high as possible – he added.
When asked if the government was against the liquidation of hospitals, Niedzielski replied: “absolutely yes”.
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