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. – Apartment prices in Poland are on the rise, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported, spurred on, in part, by a state-subsidised mortgage programme. In June the average price per square metre of a flat in Warsaw was PLN 14,900 (EUR 3,331), an 11 percent increase year on year, while in Krakow the price had jumped 18 percent to PLN 13,700 (EUR 3,062) per square metre. Other factors driving up prices, and demand for accommodation, have been a relaxation of some borrowing criteria and a gradual decrease in inflation, the paper added. – Doctors are complaining about a limit of 300 on the number of prescriptions they can issue during a 10-hour working period, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote. The Health Ministry imposed the limit on the grounds that any more would mean that doctors were failing to examine their patients properly. But doctors have said some patients are now not getting the medication they need because of the limit on prescriptions. They have warned of taking possible legal action against the ministry. – Seven miners had to be evacuated after a strong earth tremor struck the ZG Ruda mine near the town of Polkowice in the Lower Silesia province late Thursday night, the news broadcaster TVN24 reported. A rescue team was sent down the mine, TVN reported, to help the miners, some of whom suffered from minor injuries. – Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has paid tribute to Poles who were massacred by Ukrainian nationalists during the Second World War when their village was razed to the ground. The prime minister travelled to Ukraine to place a cross in the ground where a road-side cross once stood in the now non-existent village of Ostrowki. According to historians, 475 of the village's inhabitants died in the massacre.

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