Young doctors and health minister “enter into dialogue”
PR dla Zagranicy
A group of young Polish doctors have met with the newly appointed health minister, Łukasz Szumowski, to discuss the country’s healthcare system amid demands for increased spending.
Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski answers reporters' questions after a meeting with a group of young doctors in Warsaw on Friday. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński
The meeting, held on Friday at the Centre for Social Partnership "Dialogue" in Warsaw, lasted over five hours. The parties jointly decided not to disclose any details of the talks "at this stage."
Minister Szumowski told reporters that during the talks "all the issues that resident doctors have been raising" were discussed, starting from "increased funding (...), to working conditions, to pay hikes.”
According to a representative of the resident doctors, "the dialogue has opened, but we have a long way to go before we reach an agreement."
Last year, a group of resident doctors went on a hunger strike, demanding increased funding for public health care, better working conditions, less red tape and shorter waiting lists.
Following the protests, the government approved a proposal under which healthcare expenditure in Poland will increase to 6 percent of GDP by 2025.