Hospitals are obliged to file data on nurses and midwifes working there by midnight today. Sadly, the chaos and diverging interpretations of the law – including an important change published yesterday on the website of the Ministry of Health – have led to a situation where decision makers have spent a week dealing exclusively with the issue of remuneration for two professional groups.
Regrettably, reaching consensus has proven impossible as nurses and midwifes are already demanding a raise of 400 PLN gross (this is apparently included in the agreement between the Ministry of Health, the National Chamber of Nurses and Midwifes, and the National Nurses’ and Midwifes’ Trade Union), rather than 300 PLN. Apparently – as the content of the agreement has remained secret, although it was signed almost a week ago. No party involved in negotiations wants to disclose the contents of it.
Employers of Poland asked the Ministry of Health to publish the agreement, referring to the right to public information. In our opinion, keeping its content inaccessible for medical entities which will soon be expected to comply to it is a great misunderstanding! There are serious doubts as to which nurses should be given raises. This ambiguity results from a discrepancy between the published regulation and the official statements of the Ministry of Health. The regulation indubitably exclude nurses and midwifes working in basic healthcare, as well as those who provide highly-specialized services, from the group entitled to raises – which is inconsistent with the information contained in the statement.
Service providers have to be given full information and enough time to comply with new financial conditions.
We urge the Ministry of Health to adopt a firm stance on the rules governing raises for nurses and midwifes! Dialog and looking for consensus is only wort it, if you involve all interested parties – including those who manage hospitals! They will be tasked with the enormous responsibility for the proper functioning of medical entities and for ensuring the patients’ safety!
Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland