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The doctor worked 73 hours! RPO wants regulation of doctors' working hours

MedExpress Team

Published Feb. 13, 2024 08:35

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Doctors employed in hospitals under civil law contracts work for up to two days without rest breaks, according to the findings of the Supreme Chamber of Control. This is because the provisions of the Law on Medical Activity regarding required rest periods and on-call rules are limited to those employed under an employment contract. In May 2023. RPO addressed the Minister of Health on this issue. He received a reply that the ministry is not working on such a change. The problem seems to be current, writes Deputy RPO Stanislaw Trociuk. He asks Minister Izabela Leszczyna to reconsider the RPO's comments aimed at ensuring effective protection of doctors and patients.

In 2023. The Ombudsman took careful note of the results of the Supreme Audit Office's audit "Functioning of District Hospitals," which referred in particular to irregularities involving the excessively long duration of health care services provided by doctors employed under civil law contracts.

The circumstances described include verification of working time standards and on-call staffing by medical personnel at Nowodworski Medical Center in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Samodzielny Publiczny Zaklad Opieki Zdrowotnej in Wieluń and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wolomin. The results of the inspection indicate that the health safety of patients there, as well as of physicians, was not properly ensured by allowing doctors on civilian employment to be on duty continuously.


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