In response to Jarosław Kaczyński’s words about doctors, the president of the District Medical Council in Szczecin, Michał Bulsa, wrote an open letter to the president of PiS. “I don’t know any doctor who would lose the sense of mission in the ‘chasing after money'” – he stressed. He added that “I know doctors who, in the name of responsibility for their patients and out of a real sense of mission, accept overtime.” “I do not agree with presenting hard-working doctors in a negative light and throwing unfounded accusations into the public space towards a professional group on which the safety and health of society depends,” he said.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski on Sunday, at a meeting in Nowa Sól, he said that the earnings of doctors are “very diverse”. He added that “there are doctors who earn quite an average salary, but there are some that earn very, very much.” In his opinion, “the pursuit of money in this environment is excessive, however, and something will have to be done about it.”
The president of Law and Justice referred to the cases of doctors who work several jobs. – I have nothing against the fact that a doctor with one job earns great money, but a doctor must be in the hospital first of all in the morning, when he starts work, until the moment when he formally ends it, i.e. until the afternoon, and longer if necessary. (…) He must have this sense of responsibility for the patient – said Kaczyński.
President of the District Medical Council in Szczecin: I know doctors who work overtime out of a sense of mission
In the words of the president PIS Michał Bulsa, the president of the District Medical Council in Szczecin, reacted. In an open letter to Jarosław Kaczyński published on Monday, he wrote that he did not know “any doctor who would lose the sense of mission in the ‘chasing after money’.”
“I also do not know any doctor who took several jobs out of greed and lost the sense of responsibility for the patient in this marathon between hospitals. I do know doctors who, in the name of responsibility for their patients and out of a real sense of mission, accept overtime at the request of the directors of their hospitals otherwise there will be no one to fill the shifts” – he stressed.
“I am unable to rationally explain why you launched an unjustified attack on another professional group. This time, the ‘privileged caste’ are doctors who, in the opinion of the leader of Polish politics, not only earn too much, but also do not have a sense of mission “What is the purpose of this? Deepening the frustration of doctors? Or maybe it’s more about systemic deficiencies and defects, such as waiting for procedures or queues in hospital emergency departments, to ‘those bad doctors’?” – we read in the letter.
Michał Bulsa: such rhetoric may cause an escalation of aggression towards doctors
Bulsa wrote that as the president of ORL in Szczecin, he does not agree “to presenting hard-working doctors in a negative light and throwing unfounded accusations into the public space towards a professional group on which the safety and health of society depends.”
He added that “such rhetoric may cause an escalation of aggression towards doctors.” “This is the rhetoric of confrontation and attempts to find scapegoats where there are none” – he assessed.
Bulsa also stated that he would be happy to present to Kaczyński “all the observations of the medical community on the situation in broadly understood health care.”
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