It seems likely that one of the last acts to be passed in this term of the parliament will be the regulation on the profession of physiotherapist. This is a good news for patients, as their safety will improve.
The Parliamentary Health Commission has recently given the green light for the act to be passed. Sejm passed it last week. If the Senate expresses no objections, the act will be sent for the President to sign it.
The bill is good news first and foremost because it eliminates unqualified physiotherapists from the market. The competences and education required for practitioners of physiotherapy will be clearly specified, so patients will feel safe, knowing that those who treat them are fit to do so.
The new regulation clearly states that after graduating a state exam will have to be passed in order to receive certification as a physiotherapist. Every physiotherapist will have a distinct number and certificate. Standards will be guarded by a profession self-government – the National Physiotherapists’ Chamber.
The act took several years to prepare . The Rehabilitation Forum of Employers of Poland has actively participated in the works ever since a draft has been submitted to Sejm. Members of the Forum are convinced that the implementation of its regulations will improve the quality of rehabilitation services by eliminating unqualified service providers, who have sometimes hurt their patients, from the market.
Poland was the last EU member state not to have legally regulated access to the profession. We hope that despite criticism of the opposition, the President signs it, meaning that it will come into force in half a year.