The bill on laboratory medicine for the first reading in the Sejm

  • The bill on laboratory medicine has just been sent for first reading in the Sejm
  • Let us not forget that the concept specifies issues such as: concerning the profession of laboratory diagnostician
  • Laboratories have been waiting for a diagnostic document for 20 years

The dispute in the self-government of the diagnosticians is increasing.

The bill on laboratory medicine for the first reading in the Sejm

The government law on laboratory medicine was sent to first reading at the session of the Sejm on Wednesday, July 20.

Let us remind you that the project specifies the rules and conditions for carrying out the activities of laboratory medicine, practicing the profession of laboratory diagnostician, supervising and controlling laboratories, as well as the organization and operation of the self-management of laboratory diagnostics. They have been waiting for such a diagnostic document for twenty years.

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A dispute in the self-government of diagnosticians

The concerns about the laboratory medicine law, which will soon be discussed by the MPs, brought to light the dispute in the self-government of diagnosticians, about which we wrote at the beginning of July.

Within a few days, they appeared on the official website of the National Chamber of Laboratory Diagnosticians two inconsistent announcements regarding the law.

First, a post criticizing her was made available. Later we were able to read the communiqué in which the House admitted that, while some solutions were worrisome, “for this reason the bill should be thrown out completely?”

In addition, an article appeared in “Gazeta Wyborcza” in which anonymous interlocutors emphasized that the Chamber’s favor over the government bill “was bought for PLN 25 million, which the ministry gave to diagnosticians for training”.

– Such suggestions are absurd, rhetoric that I do not accept – said Alina Niewiadomska, president of the National Council of Laboratory Diagnosticians, in an interview with “Rynek Zdrowia”.

– I am the chairman of the professional self-government. Cooperation with the Ministry of Health, meetings with representatives of the Ministry are among my duties – stressed Niewiadomska.

dr. Tomasz Anyszek, a laboratory diagnostician and a member of the presidency of the National Board of Laboratory Diagnostics, also spoke about the project.

– We realize that this is a document that will be in force for years to come and will lay the foundation for the development of laboratory diagnostics for decades to come. The concerns we make today are fundamental, they are the voice of the community and cannot be ignored – admitted Anyszek.

What are these reservations?

– First of all, the law opens access to the profession of laboratory diagnostician in an uncontrolled way, reducing the competences of future employees of medical laboratories – a member of the Presidium of the National Council of Laboratory Diagnostics replied in an interview with us.

Referring to this objection, Alina Niewiadomska explained: I would like to remind you that in the legal status in force for 20 years, access to the profession is wide open. It is at this time that access to it includes biologist, pharmacist, chemist, veterinarian, etc. See the Laboratory Diagnostics Act, which dates from 2001. These people can either do a postgraduate study or the title of specialist in various fields and these people are included in the list of diagnosticians. Under this law, they still have the right to do so. And this is worth remembering.

– On the other hand, the work of the Chamber and the currently pending bill is aimed at ensuring that only graduates of medical analysis, ie five-year, uniform master’s degrees, have access to the profession – said the head of KIDL.

Now MPs will decide on the final form of the law.

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