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Working hours for doctors employed under civil law contracts. Is the MZ planning any changes?

MedExpress Team

Published March 1, 2024 14:08

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Ombudsman wants regulation of doctors' working hours. An audit by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) found that doctors work up to two days without rest breaks. In May 2023. The Ombudsman addressed the then Health Minister Adam Niedzielski on the issue. He received a reply that the ministry was not working on such a change. Deputy RPO Stanislaw Trociuk. asked Minister Izabela Leszczyna to reconsider the RPO's comments aimed at ensuring effective protection for doctors and patients. There is a response from the Health Ministry.

In 2023. The Ombudsman took a close look at the results of the Supreme Audit Office's audit "Functioning of district hospitals." It referred in particular to irregularities involving the excessively long duration of health services provided by doctors employed under civil law contracts.

In the Ombudsman's opinion, the need to regulate the working time of all physicians stems from the constitutional principle of state supervision of working conditions, and, in addition, from the right of every citizen to health protection (Articles 24 and 68(1) of the Constitution). Determination of the minimum uninterrupted rest and exceptions to this principle - limited only to employees - also raises doubts about compliance with the right to days off and annual paid leave (Article 66(2) of the Constitution).

At present, the only recommendation remains for managers to plan for staff on-call duties in a way that ensures adequate rest time, regardless of the form of employment. However, managers of non-business health care entities are only accountable to their constituent entities.

May 25, 2023. The Ombudsman asked the Minister of Health for his position on the possibility of taking appropriate legislative action. In a response dated July 4, 2023. The Ministry...

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