A nationwide protest by paramedics is underway. Due to the lack of available ambulances in Warsaw, helicopters of the Polish Medical Air Rescue fly to the events. Ariel Szczotok, paramedic, referred to the strike on TVN24. As he said, their demands were repeatedly ignored. He also commented on the words of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding the pay rises.
Paramedics in various parts of Poland are protesting against low wages and poor working conditions. Some of them go on sick leave, others submit their termination notice in protest.
Other health workers are also announcing protests. On September 11, a great demonstration of medical professionals is to take place in Warsaw, organized by the Alliance of Residents.
On Friday, due to the lack of available ambulances in Warsaw helicopters of the Polish Medical Air Rescue fly to the events. On Friday LPR helicopter landed on Konstytucji Square in the very center of Warsaw.
Paramedic Ariel Szczotok: we have been ignored many times
Ariel Szczotok, a paramedic, referred to the protest in “Get up and weekend” on TVN24. As he admitted, “we have been ignored many times, both in the case of postulates to launch local government, in amending the act on state medical rescue and in many other places.”
He pointed out that this is happening “after 1.5 years of a very difficult situation, when we have to deal, firstly, with the degradation of our profession, and secondly, with overwork and forcing us to continue working on junk contracts for embarrassing wages.” – There are rates in Poland, where a lifeguard’s working hour is PLN 18 gross in the case of a mandate contract, i.e. the lowest in Poland. If someone evaluates the work of a rescuer in this way, i.e. three-year studies, courses and the need to educate, unfortunately we finally heard this voice: “You don’t like it, change your job” and we are starting to do it now – said Szczotok.
– Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health and voivodes feel very painful consequences – he added.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on pay rises for paramedics
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was asked about the strike of paramedics on Saturday in RMF FM. – I am very concerned about this and that is why I obliged the Minister of Health (Adam Niedzielski – ed.) To talks, negotiations and dialogue. These conversations are going on. I participated in one round of these interviews a few months ago and I am a moderate optimist that by raising salaries in the health service, not only paramedics, but also nurses, doctors and orderlies, we want significant increases everywhere – he said.
When asked what to do to get the striking rescuers back to work, the head of government replied that talks and dialogue must take place with mutual understanding.
– We take every protest into account, only the state has to function – he said. When asked if the rescuers would get a raise, Morawiecki replied: “Yes, of course.” – I think there will be an agreement in the next few weeks, but I do not want to specify the date of this agreement. “He admitted that it is difficult for him to assess the extent to which the increases will be. the whole budget – he added.
Ariel Szczotok on the words of Prime Minister Morawiecki
Ariel Szczotok commented on the words of the prime minister. – If this will raise the ambulance so that the dispatchers are able to provide the remuneration we are talking about, the protest will indeed be deferred. He stressed that “if we get what we ask for or at least it will be guaranteed in the act”.
– If not, nothing will change and the protest will continue. I am afraid that this hike below inflation will not be able to guarantee the disposers the possibility of meeting the demands. Unfortunately, then nothing will change – he added.
Main photo source: TVN24