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(en) Poland, ozzip: Medical caregivers join OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza [machine translation]

Date Sun, 26 Sep 2021 12:29:14 +0300

September 11 this year. in Poznan, a founding meeting of the Inter-Enterprise Commission of OZZ, Employee Initiative of Medical Carers, was held. The new IP structure brings together people working in caretaking positions in state and private institutions. ---- The founders and founders declare that the organization is open to all people with a diploma confirming professional qualifications in the profession of a medical carer, regardless of whether they work in social welfare institutions (DPS) or health care (hospitals, hospices, ZOLs, ZPU) . ---- "Our organization was established to unite Medical Carers in the fight for decent working conditions, clear rules for employing medical carers and promoting this profession." - members and members of the commission write.

As far as the Commission's postulates are concerned, they are in line with those presented by the Polish Association of Medical Carers during the protest of Healthcare Workers (the demonstration on 09/11 in Warsaw and the "White Town 2.0" established right after it):

1. Medical caregiver + nurse - cooperation, not a fight
Medical caregivers should closely cooperate with other staff of medical entities, in particular with nurses.

As OSOM points out in the post on Facebook, unfortunately this cooperation is not good everywhere - in some places medical caregivers are asked to leave morning reports or refused to help them. Medical caregivers themselves are not without fault - even if they go beyond their scope of competence. This creates unnecessary conflicts and stressful situations in an already stressful environment.

We propose the introduction of good practices (including legal acts) that will regulate the relationship of medical caregivers with other staff, which will allow to improve the comfort of work of all people employed in healthcare entities - we read on the OSOM profile.
2. Medical caregiver as a unicorn in the medical profession
Despite 14 years of existence of the profession, a medical carer is still not employed in many places, mainly due to a lack of funds for new jobs. This not only puts a greater burden on nurses and working medical carers, but also worsens the quality of patient care.

We postulate the introduction of the necessity to employ medical caregivers and employment standards, but above all an increase in financing for hospitals so that they can employ more medical caregivers or are rewarded for it.
3. Act on the profession of medical caregiver
This Act should regulate not only the scope of activities, but also the issue of responsibility, ordering activities by nurses / doctors, and documentation of performed activities.
Additionally, contrary to the provisions of the Act on Medical Activity, in some places a medical carer is not considered a medical profession, which results in lower remuneration or the collection of a number of "bonuses" for medical professions.

This act could additionally introduce a clear provision that a medical guardian is a medical profession, without the need to refer to the Act on medical activities.
4. The medical guardian is not a paramedic or a paramedic.
The medical guardian should only perform the activities of a medical guardian, similarly, the activities of a medical guardian should be performed only by a medical guardian.

We strongly oppose situations when medical caregivers, apart from their duties, still have to perform the activities of a hospital ward or paramedic, which often contradicts the prevention of nosocomial infections and poses a threat to the patient.

We also object to employing people without proper education or performing the duties of a medical guardian by orderlies or paramedics as a medical guardian. These are 3 separate professions and should have separate scopes of activity.

Activities falling within the competence of a medical guardian should be performed only by him or the competent medical personnel. In addition, we object to the employment of people with a medical supervisor diploma in the position of an orderly / paramedic or changing the position in order to save money.
5. A medical guardian as medical staff in the
Nursing Home We postulate additional legal regulations that will empower a medical guardian as a medical profession in the Social Care Center and will allow for the improvement of the quality of care also in social care facilities.

We subscribe to these postulates because they contain the most pressing problems of medical caregivers. We believe that only close cooperation between organizations associating caregivers will help us in the fight for better working conditions, clear regulations, and will also allow us to promote the profession of medical caregiver as a profession with a future.

If you are interested in our business and want to join us, please contact us:

Facebook group (You will find here the declaration for download, all the necessary information as well as current discussions)

E-mail contact
Correspondence address:
Enterprise Commission of the OZZ Employee Initiative
of Medical Carers,
4 / 1a
Koscielna Street , 60-538 Poznan

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