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. – Public broadcaster TVPInfo led with a story on its website on Tuesday morning about a fire in a hospital that killed one patient. The fire broke out on a ward in the Lodz hospital around midnight, according to the local fire brigade. Along with the death of the 72-year-old patient, two members of staff were injured by the blaze and 40 patients evacuated. The cause of the fire is thought to be a discarded cigarette although an investigation is underway. - The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran a story investigating the activities of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System. The organisation, the paper claimed, has a budget of hundreds of millions of zloty drawn from state and EU funding, employs some 300 people, and has fallen under the influence of Law and Justice, the dominant party in Poland’s governing coalition. Senior staff and members of the board enjoy good salaries and trips abroad. – The price of new cars in Poland has shot up, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported. In September the average price of a new car was PLN 160,171 (EUR 34,484), a 17.2 percent increase, year on year. That is about the equivalent of 34 monthly salaries, three more than in January 2018. Prices, the paper wrote, will continue to grow, and adding to financial pain of consumers is the growing cost of the financing used to purchase cars. – Poland is experiencing a wave of flu, Adam Niedzielski, the health minister, told the private news network TVN24. In the week before Christmas there were some 300,000 infections, and the daily infection rate was roughly the same as during "the worst time of Covid". This, he added, was placing a strain on medicine supplies and has led to some temporary local shortages.