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An ambulance in every municipality will lead to duplication of the emergency system? There is a response from the Ministry of Interior to the Ombudsman's comments

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published July 10, 2023 09:39

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"The draft law on civil protection and the state of calamity does not envisage the creation of an alternative or competing system to the PRM in the State Fire Service (PSP) in the field of medical rescue," reassures Deputy Interior and Administration Minister Maciej Wąsik. At issue is the "ambulance in every municipality" program, on which the Ombudsman had already made comments in March.

Recall, the draft amendments to the Civil Protection and Disaster Act prepared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration stipulate that an ambulance would be stationed at each fire station. The Ombudsman's Expert Committee on Health pointed out that this is a completely different approach to organizing aid and providing services than the current emergency medical services. In the committee's view, this would mean the de facto return of emergency medicine to the provision of first aid. Instead, such an organization of a duplicated emergency system could endanger the lives and health of citizens.

"Members of the Expert Committee also noted that for several years, paramedics f...

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