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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-34/2795 – measures in Poland
|Poland , applies nationwide
|Open ended, started on 18 August 2022
|War in Ukraine
|Legislations or other statutory regulations
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
|05 September 2022 (updated 02 March 2023)
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.
According to the Ministry of Health from January 2023, around 5,000 doctors and 2,000 nurses from Ukraine have applied for simplified work permits so far. 3,000 positive decisions have been issued, with an average processing time of between 3 and 5 months.
|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:
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Sector (NACE level 2)
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities
|Q86 Human health activities
|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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