Patient monitoring is to be stepped up at hospitals around Poland, following the deaths of three children in hospital.
Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – the Polish health service – will inspect hospitals to ensure that adequate medical care is available during holidays and at night. The move comes after three youngsters died in Białystok while being treated for minor seasonal illnesses.
The NFZ in Podlaskie announced the inspections of 18 facilities in the region in response to the deaths, and that of a fourth child who died of leukemia after twice being refused admission to hospital.
Adam Dębski, spokesman for the NFZ in Podlaskie, said: “Our inspectors will check that these institutions operate in accordance with their contracts. Do they have a sufficient number of doctors, nurses and equipment?”
The Ministry of Health is to instigate a similar programme across the country.