- Regulations of interhospital patient transport are imprecise and require changes to ensure the safety of patients - says Andrzej Mądrala, Vice President of the Employers of Poland.
Under current law, interhospital patient transport cannot be provided by means of the so-called system ambulances. They are ambulances contracted by the National Health Fund (NFZ) under the Act on National Emergency Medical Services that are meant to save the health and lives of people and not transfer patients between hospitals.
Therefore, each hospital is required to sign a contract with a company providing patient transport and to pay for the service. The legal regulations are, however, rather general in this area. They do not set the minimum requirements to be included in the contract in order to ensure the safety of people transferred between hospitals - that is, the minimum ambulance response time. As recent experience shows, this situation may be dangerous for patients.
Andrzej Mądrala, Vice President of the Employers of Poland