account already in the Sejm

  • On June 21, the government passed a bill amending the Nursing and Midwifery Profession Act and certain other laws. This is a project of the Minister of Health
  • Now the draft has been submitted to the Sejm, today it has been published on the Sejm website
  • If the law is passed, it is possible to resign from the State Physiotherapeutic Examination and the State Medical Rescue Examination.

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The bill on the nursing profession was submitted to the Sejm

A draft law covering a wide range of health professionals has been published today on the parliamentary website.

The Minister of Health has prepared a draft law amending the Act on the professions of nurses and midwives and some other laws. The document was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 21 June and has now been submitted to the Sejm. He handed it over to the Lower House of the Polish Parliament, on the basis of art. 118 seconds. 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

– The project aims to implement the law of the European Union – emphasizes the Prime Minister and emphasizes that “the Minister of Health was empowered to put forward the government’s position on this issue in the course of parliamentary work” .

What changes in the amendment? According to the document, Polish law would be brought into line with European Union provisions in the fields of, inter alia, the nursing and midwifery professions. The amendment allows for greater freedom in the provision of services by nurses and midwives and for the recognition of minimum training requirements. The government has announced that these solutions should improve access to health services for nurses and midwives, including those funded from public funds.

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Not just nurses and midwives

As we read in the draft, the changes apply to nurses, midwives, but also care providers and physiotherapists.

What changes does the bill foresee?

  • Changes have been made to the provisions on the provision of temporary and occasional cross-border services by nurses and midwives who are nationals of the countries of the European Union. This concerns the abolition of the obligation for these nurses or midwives to – in the declaration of the intention to practice the profession temporarily and incidentally – provide information about the place and time of the exercise of the profession in the district chamber of nurses and midwives, appropriate to the place of practice of the profession.
  • The letter of intent to practice the profession temporarily and occasionally can also be submitted to any district nurses and midwives’ chambers. Until now, it had to be done in the district chamber of nurses and midwives in charge of the place of the profession
  • Changes have been made to the minimum training requirements for midwives as part of the automatic recognition of documents confirming the qualifications of midwives.
    The specific acquired rights of EU midwives, including midwives trained in the territory of the former German Democratic Republic, were regulated.
  • The body that keeps a register of nurses and midwives acting temporarily and occasionally in Poland will change – from district councils of nurses and midwives to the Supreme Council of Nurses and Midwives. The amendment makes it possible to collect the data of all persons who practice the profession in this form in one register.
  • It is possible to resign for the National Physiotherapy Examination and the National Medical Rescue Examination. Both the emergency medical and physical therapy studies are conducted in a unified manner – based on educational standards and end with the diploma exam. It is therefore not necessary to take an additional knowledge verification exam. The abolition of these exams will allow faster access to the profession of physiotherapist and paramedic and will significantly accelerate the entry of physiotherapists and paramedics into the labor market.
  • Provisions will be introduced to enable the evaluation of clinical trials of medicinal products, including their ethical evaluation, until the entry into force of the Act on Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products for Human Use, and enable veterinary use.
    The new solutions should take effect 14 days after publication in the Journal of Laws.

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