On September 11, a demonstration of health care workers is to take place in Warsaw. Medics are demanding an increase in health care spending, higher wages, and an increase in the number of employees in the system. According to the position of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council, pharmacists will not join the protest. They made a decision last Friday. Today, the Minister of Health met with representatives of the pharmacists’ community.
“In connection with the protest of people practicing medical professions planned for September 11, 2021, the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council (…) re-conducted a thorough and comprehensive assessment of the legitimacy of the participation of the self-government of the pharmacist profession in the indicated protest, in the context of all complex aspects of the existing factual and legal status, taking into account the interests of all members of the self-government of the pharmacist profession “, it was written in the statement dated September 3.
Medics’ protest – the position of pharmacists
The NRA added that “it maintains the previous postulates repeatedly submitted to the minister of health” and “supports all demands to increase the salaries of pharmacists employed in hospitals and other medical institutions”.
The Council further wrote that “the current, particularly complicated political, social and economic situation, conditioned, inter alia, by extraordinary circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, requires the utmost caution in the choice of forms of expressing and investigating, even the most justified, demands”.
“Taking into account all the existing circumstances and conditions, and above all the scale of involvement and interest of the hospital pharmacists in the planned form of the protest, the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council considers that it does not have the legitimacy and sufficient justification to take such radical actions, which could undoubtedly be interpreted in a distorting way. motives and intentions of the pharmacists’ community “- we read further.
The Polish Bar Council emphasized that “the position is also dictated by the declarations of the Minister of Health on readiness to act immediately in order to implement pharmacists’ demands”.
Health Minister on new measures
– Pharmacists withdrew from the protest of health care workers – said Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski on Wednesday. As he said, PLN 1.2 billion will be allocated in the second half of the year to increase the so-called appraisals in hospitality. – Additional PLN 400 million will be allocated to specialists. We want to make the rates more attractive – added.
As he said, he met today with the community of pharmacists who decided not to participate in the protests of health care workers. – We gradually try to talk and solve problems articulated by individual circles. Yesterday we presented a solution for medical rescue, which we consulted with both employers and paramedics – said the head of the Ministry of Health.
Medics’ protest on September 11
Iwona Borchulska, chairman of the Silesia Region Board of OZZPiP (National Trade Union of Nurses and Midwives), pointed to the need to fill the generation gap and encourage young people to work as a nurse. She appealed to other professional groups as well as patients to participate and support the protest.
Earlier this month, Deputy Minister of Health Waldemar Kraska assured that talks about wages are ongoing and “there is a good platform for negotiations”. He was convinced that some sort of agreement would be reached.
At the beginning of August, representatives of the self-governments of medical professions and trade unions associated in the health care industry announced the appointment of the National Protest and Strike Committee. They justified that they wanted to jointly engage in activities aimed at, inter alia, improving working conditions and wages.
The Committee postulates, inter alia, a much faster and greater than planned increase in expenditure on the health care system (up to 8% of GDP), increase in salaries of health care workers (to OECD and EU average levels compared to the national average) and an increase in the number of employees working in the system.
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