Only last week the Minister of Health managed to resolve the conflict at the Children’s Health Institute, but a strike of indefinite length is planned to start on June 16th at the Oncology Hospital in Dąbrowa Górnicza. On June 18th , resident doctors plan a strike at the Ministry of Health to demand higher wages.
– These are only some of numerous recent conflicts which highlighted how tough a task the minister is faced with. According to Employers of Poland, only a systemic approach, addressing the problems of all professional groups involved in healthcare may be provide long term solutions – claims Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland. He adds that regulating the salaries of all hospital employees is absolutely imperative. – Nurses are on strike as they are the most unionized group, but this will only lead to a further widening of wage differences in hospitals and tensions among employees – he states.
According to Andrzej Mądrala, the best step would be to include the costs of labour in benefit tariffs together with an automatic indexation mechanism to be applied when the minimum wage or the average national wage according to GUS increase. Only such a solution would not drain money from NFZ and hospitals and ensure harmonious relations between different professional groups in hospitals.