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Money for night and holiday shifts of pharmacies

MedExpress Team


Published April 4, 2023 17:55

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In a county with a population of less than 40,000, the county board will be able to designate a pharmacy to be on duty at night and on holidays. The duty of one such pharmacy will be financed by the National Health Service. What about counties with larger populations?

Ombudsman for Small and Medium Enterprises Adam Abramowicz, in cooperation with the President of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council Elżbieta Piotrowska-Rutkowska, has repeatedly raised the issue of remuneration for the performance of mandatory on-call duties by pharmacies open to the public. April 9, 2019. [1] The Ombudsman sent an inquiry to the Minister of Health regarding the issue in question. In a response dated May 12, 2019, the Health Ministry confirmed the need to amend the regulations governing on-call duty by pharmacies [2].

It is worth pointing out in this context that, among other things, as a result of the above actions, the Ministry of Health has initiated work to regulate the rules for remunerating pharmacies for mandatory on-call duties [3]. The SME Ombudsman submitted to the Minister of Health an opinion dated August 31, 2021[4] to the draft law on amending the Law on Reimbursement of Medicines, Foodstuffs for Special Nutritional Purposes and Medical Devices and some other laws, including the Pharmaceutical Law. In this opinion, he pointed out that the proposed rate for an hour of on-call duty at night and on holidays may not compensate for all the costs incurred by the entrepreneur to ensure community access to medicina...

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