committee behind the proposal to amend the law on the profession of nurse and midwife

In its first reading, the Health Commission considered the draft amendment to the law on the professions of nurses and midwives and a number of other laws. The changes concern issues related to freedom to provide services and the recognition of minimum training requirements under the coordination provisions.

Deputy Health Minister Piotr Bromber explained at the committee meeting that the main aim of the proposed regulation is to ensure consistency of the provisions of national law with the provisions of EU directives. As he pointed out, the project introduces changes in the scope of temporary and occasional cross-border services provided by nurses and midwives.

“The letter of intent to practice the profession temporarily and occasionally can be filed with any district chamber of nurses and midwives, and the register will be kept by the Supreme Chamber” – emphasized the deputy minister.

He added that changes have also been made to the minimum training requirements for midwives as part of the automatic recognition of documents confirming the qualifications of midwives.

The deputy head of the Ministry of Health recalled that the proposed regulation also introduces changes to the law on the professions of doctor and dentist and the law on the Agency for the Registration of Drugs, Medical Devices and Biocides.

The amendment will introduce provisions allowing 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 provisions allowing activities in the field of veterinary medicinal products make products.

The amendment also changes the law of September 8, 2006 on state medical assistance and the law of September 25, 2015 on the profession of physiotherapist. It is possible to resign from the State Exam Physiotherapy and the State Exam Medical Rescue.

State Secretary Bromber explains that the abolition of these exams will enable faster access to the profession of physiotherapist and paramedic and will considerably accelerate the entry of physiotherapists and paramedics into the labor market.

During the discussion, the delegates stressed that the adoption of the amendment was necessary due to EU law, but some provisions raised their doubts.

“In a situation where we have no objection to the application of EU law and to allowing nurses and midwives to practice their profession in accordance with EU law, a few other things need to be discussed. (.. .) There are different opinions of local authorities about the exams written in the laws, that is, the physiotherapy exam and the paramedical exam. I am not convinced that the issue of standardization has been fully implemented “- said the KO- Member of Parliament Rajmund Miller.

“We are concerned that the next step will not be to abolish the medical examination. What matters is that the ministry must ensure that the teaching method and the standardization and control program guarantee the high quality of the people who are then responsible for the life and health of patients” – he emphasized.

The chairman of the committee, Tomasz Latos (PiS), pointed out that the final exam is also part of the recruitment to medical specializations. “On the one hand, he organizes and verifies knowledge, but it gives the opportunity to apply for a specific specialization,” he noted.

Bolesław Grzegorz Piecha (PiS) pointed out that the European Union directive does not specify that there must be a final exam for a physiotherapist and paramedic. “It means it’s in our hands to eliminate it or not,” he added.

The representatives of physiotherapists and paramedics who attended the meeting expressed their satisfaction with the proposed changes.

The committee accepted the editorial amendments proposed by the Parliamentary Legislative Bureau. 17 MPs voted in favor of the bill as a whole, one was against and six abstained.

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