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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-34/2795 – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 18 August 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||05 September 2022 (updated 19 September 2022)|
To increase the number of health workers in the Polish health sector, the government issued changes in recognition of skills of several groups of workers. The measure comes during workforce shortages in various health-related professions.
The government introduced changes to bills regulating the following professions: nurse, midwife, paramedic, physiotherapist. Legal reference: Ustawa z dnia 5 sierpnia 2022 r. o zmianie ustawy o zawodach pielęgniarki i położnej oraz niektórych innych ustaw.
The bill cancels the organisation of national qualification tests for paramedics and physiotherapist. Previously, educated paramedics and physiotherapists were required to take national tests as a condition to be permitted to work in their profession.
Furthermore, the bill simplifies the procedures of working temporarily as a nurse or a midwife. A nurse or a midwife will be able to report willingness to work temporarily in any regional institution regulating the profession, instead of a central one.
Moreover, procedures for automatic recognition of foreign qualifications for these professions have been introduced. These measures aim to increase the number of health workers available for work.
There is no monetary support provided in the bill.
No data to report now.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Public employment service
Public support service providers
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Health associate professionals|
Eurofound (2022), Faster skills recognition for health sector workers, measure PL-2022-34/2795 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2022-34_2795.html
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