The Ministry of Health has committed to the public consultation a draft regulation on minimum standards for the employment of nurses and midwives. The Employers of Poland are calling for common sense in introducing new, costly changes to the system.
According to preliminary estimates of the Employers of Poland, the cost of implementation of the proposed changes by the Ministry of Health for the average district hospital, having a contract in the amount of PLN 12-13 million, will be PLN 1.2 million per year. From other estimates it appears that smaller hospitals should hire 2-3 times more staff despite the fact that today - completing the rules of the contract with the NFZ (National Health Fund) – they guarantee appropriate care for patients.
According to Andrzej Madrala, the Vice President of the Employers of Poland, a dramatic increase in cost will mean further running up a debt for public hospitals.