I deeply regret this statement, it is, in my opinion, unnecessary – said in “Fakty po Faktach” the national consultant in the field of anesthesiology and intensive care, professor habilitated doctor Radosław Owczuk from the Medical University of Gdańsk. He commented on the words of the Senator of Law and Justice, Stanisław Karczewski, about the fact that doctors “earn very well” and a job offer for an anesthesiologist for PLN 50 thousand net per month. – I do not know such salaries when it comes to the group of anesthesiologists. These salaries are definitely lower – said Owczuk.
Senator of the Law and Justice party and the doctor Stanisław Karczewski argued on Friday in “One per one” on TVN24, inter alia, that “doctors really earn very well”. “Really, if at the moment any of the doctors said that they earn poorly, badly, that they are low earnings, they are telling the truth,” he said.
– Yesterday I spoke with one of the directors who is organizing his covid hospital, and he offers a net salary for an anesthesiologist of PLN 50,000, so this is not a low salary – added Karczewski. However, he did not want to say in which city the hospital was located. – Check carefully how much these doctors and those who criticized and criticize the government so loudly earn, said the PiS senator.
“I regret this statement”
This statement was discussed in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24, a national consultant in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care, professor habilitated doctor Radosław Owczuk from the Medical University of Gdańsk.
– I really regret this statement, it is in my opinion unnecessary – he assessed. He also called “public opinion influencers to avoid such statements.” – In my opinion, they do not serve anything – he argued.
– I do not confirm that anyone proposed such amounts – emphasized Owczuk.
The anaesthesiologist admitted he did not know “what is the purpose of these statements.” – I believe that they may somehow discourage the society from our professional group. Unnecessarily. Because we are a group of social trust and a group that must have social trust – he pointed out. – People will not follow our recommendations, our advice, what we ordain them, if we are not trusted – said the TVN24 guest.
Prof. dr hab. Commenting on Karczewski’s words, he emphasized that “he does not know such salaries when it comes to the group of anesthesiologists”. – These salaries are definitely lower – he assured.
“Doctors’ salaries are a derivative of the time devoted to education, a derivative of knowledge, competences and skills”
Prof. dr hab. Owczuk also pointed out that “doctors’ remuneration is a derivative of the time devoted to education, a derivative of knowledge, competence, skills, responsibility, taking risks”. – And in the case of my specialty, that a significant part of this work is on duty hours. Sometimes these duties are extremely difficult, in some hospitals they are always very hard. This takes place at the expense of private life – he said.
According to the guest of “Fakty po Faktach”, “taking into account all these facts, doctors – all occupational groups in the healthcare or healthcare sector – are entitled to fair wages”.
Referring again to the words of Senator Karczewski, he added that “it is extremely awkward that such a statement was made on the World Anesthesiologist Day”.
Owczuk also thanked everyone associated with this specialty for “this extremely hard work”. – Because this work is hard not only now during the pandemic. This work is hard every day, it is extremely responsible. We work with the most seriously ill. Therefore, great respect for you and thanks – he added.
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