Sejm resumes debate on incentives for medics treating COVID-19 patients

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The Sejm, lower house of Polish parliament, has resumed on Wednesday morning, a debate on new rules to boost the number of medics available to treat COVID-19 cases by launching financial incentives and make hiring physicians more flexible.

On Tuesday, the Sejm, was scheduled to proceed with a COVID-19-related bill, authored by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, to block medical staff from criminal liability in certain defined situations when they are combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the session was adjourned after opposition Civic Coalition (KO) lawmakers objected to being shown the draft legislation only late on Monday.

The draft to be debated also calls for strengthening the authority of the provincial coordinator of emergency medical services, the raising of the remuneration of medical staff treating coronavirus-infected patients and allows medical students and doctoral students in the field of medical sciences to be assigned to work with COVID-19 cases.