Health minister announces bonus for medical staff tackling COVID-19

Niedzielski said he had recommended to the president of the National Health Fund (NFZ) on November 1 that medical staff tackling the crisis should receive a bonus, adding that paramedics and laboratory diagnosticians were also eligible. Marcin Obara/PAP

Medical personnel in Poland engaged in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will receive a 100-percent pay bonus, the health ministry announced on Monday.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said that under the NFZ's settlement system, hospital directors had until December 10 to apply for the money, listing employees entitled to the bonus.

"Then, in the course of seven days, the National Health Fund has time to transfer funds for the payment of those bonuses," Niedzielski told a press conference. "It can be expected that by December 15-17, at the latest, medical personnel will receive bonuses calculated from November."

He said he had recommended to the president of the National Health Fund (NFZ) on November 1 that medical staff tackling the crisis should receive a bonus, adding that paramedics and laboratory diagnosticians were also eligible.

On Saturday, the Sejm, lower house of parliament, approved 100-percent bonuses only for those personnel treating patients with COVID-19 who had been posted to those positions by province governors.