Minister Marian Zembala has signed the regulation on raises for nurses and midwifes. Employers are critical of this decision as it will have a clearly negative impact on future governments.
The document was signed less than 12 hours after the official consultations concluded. In the opinion of Employers of Poland, such haste suggests that the consultations were only a façade adopted in order to meet legal requirements. We treat this both a symptom of a lack of respect for social partners and a violation of the principles of social dialog - which is particularly worrying on the eve of the inauguration of the Social Dialog Council. The social partners have devoted their time and effort to prepare comments, which the Ministry of Health did not bother to properly analyze.
We maintain that the increase in the wages of nurses and midwifes has to be controlled, but we categorically oppose the way it was done in this case. All evidence suggests that these raises for two selected professional groups, consulted only with them, will lead only to conflicts among medical personnel in hospitals and the worsening of the financial condition of medical entities. We fear that patients will be the ones who lose the most – as the money for the raises will be taken directly from contributions. As a result, in the next four years NFZ will spend ca. 13 bln PLN less on acquiring healthcare services.
Sadly, the election campaign has made it impossible to elaborate solutions which would increase the budget of the NFZ and thus enable the ministry to increase the wages of nurses and midwifes without harm for the patients.
We believe that this regulation is one of the worst decisions ever made by the government of PM Ewa Kopacz. Its successors will have to deal with the consequences of its actions - this raise will certainly cause them much trouble.
Employers of Poland