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What are the rights of foreign physicians who have obtained a simplified license to practice?

MedExpress Team

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Published Oct. 23, 2023 13:25

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The Regional Medical Council of the Greater Poland Chamber of Physicians has called for the absolute application of regulations on the conditional right to practice medicine/dentistry for those who obtained their diploma outside the EU. The regulations, which were introduced during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and subsequently extended for Ukrainian citizens, were flawed from the very beginning and have not been properly enforced to this day.

The appeal, launched on October 21, is addressed to, among others, the Minister of Health, the Prosecutor General, the Governor of Wielkopolska, the founding bodies of health care facilities and the managers of health care facilities. This is because the Greater Poland Chamber of Physicians has been observing with concern that the regulations allowing simplified access to practice the profession for doctors from countries such as Ukraine and Belarus, among others, are being violated, both by the doctors themselves and the health care entities that employ them.

Flawed regulations

In 2020, the legislator introduced two opportunities to obtain authorizations giving non-EU medics the opportunity to start working in Poland quickly. The first was a conditional right to practice the profession, and the second was a right to practice the profession for a specific range of professional activities, time and place of employment in the territory of the Republic of Poland (giving the opportunity to work in the scope of one's specialization). The former was the most popular; however, it gave the opportunity to work only...

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