A meeting of representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Protest and Strike Committee of Healthcare Workers has started at the “Dialog” Social Partnership Center in Warsaw. According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Wojciech Andrusiewicz, “there is always a chance for a compromise”. At the same time, he emphasized that “this dialogue will not end today”. Employers of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Federation of Hospitals appealed to allow employers to participate in the ongoing negotiations between the protesting employees of the health care system and the government.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Wojciech Andrusiewicz, in an interview with journalists, said that on the part of the Ministry of Health, the meeting was attended by, inter alia, Deputy Minister Piotr Bromber.
He informed that calculations of the protesters’ demands were presented at the meeting. – The calculations based on the postulates that we received have not changed substantially. We are still talking about an increase in expenditure within a few months by PLN 104 billion, including PLN 65 billion for the mere increase in salaries – the spokesman pointed out.
– According to the postulates, the mere increase in the minimum wage for a specialist doctor within four months would be PLN 8,800. The increase in the minimum salary for a physician during specialization alone, i.e. up to six thousand gross. And we are talking about a salary for a doctor without specialization, an increase in the minimum salary of five thousand zlotys. These detailed explanations have been provided, but we also expect answers and we hope that they will fall during today’s meeting, for example, as to how we are to count seniority – enumerated Andrusiewicz.
Andrusiewicz: no rational person can be tempted to say that today we will end the protest
When asked if there was a chance for a compromise, he replied that there was always a chance when the parties sat down at the table. – That is why it is so important that the dialogue is taking place at the moment. But I make a reservation that this dialogue will not end today, and no one with reasonable mind may be tempted to say that today we will end the protest, that we will reach an agreement today. Rather, it will be a long process, said the spokesman.
He stated that employers and trade unions should also participate in the talks. – We are meeting today with the protest committee, but if we are talking about any increase in wages, someone will have to implement this increase in wages, and this is the side of employers – he stressed.
As he added, the increase in health care expenditure is always right, but “we are not able to spend PLN 104 billion within four months”
Employers urge to include them in the negotiations
Employers of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Federation of Hospitals issued an appeal on Thursday to allow employers to participate in the ongoing negotiations between protesting employees of the health care system and the government.
“Employers of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Federation of Hospitals have always appealed and continue to call for an in-depth dialogue and cooperation with all stakeholders of the health care system, for joint creation of patient solutions improving access to treatment, ensuring quality and optimizing the use of resources, including decent working conditions for employees of the entities. medicinal “- indicated in the appeal.
“Therefore, we ask employers to allow employers to participate in the ongoing negotiations between the protesters and the government. The consequences of these talks will ultimately affect the management and activities of individual employers” – reads the appeal.
Its signatories – the vice-president of Employers of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Mądala, and the president of the Polish Federation of Hospitals, Jarosław Fedorowski – indicated in the appeal that “it is not possible to develop a consensus without the participation of the employers”.
“The first step to overcome the impasse” after Tuesday’s talks
The previous meeting was held in “Dialog” on Tuesday, September 21. The Deputy Minister of Health, Piotr Bromber, who was there, assessed them as very good. He announced that on the following Thursday, the parties undertook to provide documents and information that will help clarify the demands and costs.
Krystyna Ptok, chairman of the Polish National Trade Union of Nurses and Midwives, assessed that meeting as “technical”. Artur Drobniak, vice-president of the Supreme Medical Council, assessed the meeting as “the first step to overcome the impasse”.
Healthcare workers’ demands
The National Protest and Strike Committee for Healthcare Workers has eight demands. They include, among others increases, real increase in the valuation of benefits, lump sums and the so-called ambulances, as well as the employment of additional administrative and support staff, and the introduction of employment standards related to the number of patients.
The Committee also calls for, inter alia, providing medical professions with the status of a public official and creating a system of protecting employees against verbal and physical aggression of patients, introducing sick leave after 15 years of professional work, as well as enacting the laws on laboratory medicine and the profession of paramedic.
According to the Ministry of Health, the total costs of implementing the demands of the protest committee would be enormous. The management of the Ministry of Health emphasizes that the implementation of the salary demands of the protesting medics is unsustainable in next year’s budget and declares that it wants to talk about salaries and the path of their growth.
Agreement with the Protest Committee of Paramedics
On the other hand, the Protestant Committee of Medical Rescuers undertook to stop the protest action as of the date of signing the agreement. The Health Protection Protesting and Strike Committee in a Twitter post stressed that “the agreement was signed with one paramedics’ union”, and “the majority of the community do not identify with this signature”.
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