President will not privatise hospitals for as long as he holds office

Piotr Polak/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda declared on Monday that he would never approve the privatisation of public hospitals "as long as he holds the post," and signed a declaration to this effect.

The president stated that the public health service, as well as access to health services - irrespective of where one lives - was important in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

Duda repeated that being a candidate in the ongoing presidential election campaign, he wanted to clearly declare that a privatisation of the public health service would be out of the question as long as he was president. He also underlined that he would not allow for a situation in which the number of health service centres, where every citizen was equally treated and received treatment when necessary, would be reduced.