Today’s news round up in Poland

Today’s news round up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – The biggest daily carried a story on government plans to reduce healthcare expenses by PLN 71 billion (EUR 15.1 billion) in the next ten years. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, this is an outcome of amendments to the Medical Profession Act. The government will not fund healthcare for several social groups, such as students, soldiers, and children in orphanages. These groups will still be insured but the costs should be covered by the National Health Fund and not the state budget. "The goal of these changes is to limit budget expenses and administrative costs," the government wrote in a draft legislation, and added that it will spend these funds on investments. – According to a poll by the IBRiS pollster, the majority of Poles support building a fence on Poland's border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The idea is supported by 63.5 percent of respondents, with one quarter being against and 11.1 percent not having an opinion on the matter. All voters of the ruling party want such a fence as well as 25 percent of those voting for opposition parties. – The state-owned TV news channel quoted PAP and carried a story that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party would like to change the constitution and remove part of the statutory immunity of members of parliament. In Poland, all MPs have impunity for what they do as parliamentarians, and inviolability which restricts police or justice officials from arresting them. According to party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the basic freedom from responsibility should remain as MPs have to be free to fulfill their duties despite possible legal outcomes. But, said Kaczynski, they should not be protected in the event of regular crimes they commit. Changing the constitution requires 2/3 of votes of Sejm (the lower house of the parliament) with at least half of all MPs voting, and an absolute majority of votes of senators with at least half of them voting. The ruling party doesn't have such a majority in the Polish parliament. – The biggest private radio broadcaster carried a story on a Wednesday meeting of the Monetary Policy Council (RPP). The RPP will likely keep interest rates flat in November, leaving the reference rate at 6.75 percent. The majority of borrowers await such decision, RMF wrote and added that according to a poll done by United Surveys for RMF and daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, 55.7 percent of Poles think that the economic situation in the country is bad or very bad. Only 13.6 percent think that it's good with 23.9 percent saying that it's neither good nor bad. The RPP hiked the main interest rate by an overall 665 bps between October 2021 and September 2022. Meantime the CPI, according the Central Statistical Office (GUS), increased by 17.9 percent year on year in October 2022.