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Back to red: allowing specialists to provide primary care would be a step backward for Poland

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3030 (Published 30 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3030

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Re: Back to red: allowing specialists to provide primary care would be a step backward for Poland

In Poland according to the law a referral letter to a hospital ward is required. It is given by a primary care physician. On the other hand, according to habit, parents with a sick child may come to the admission office in a hospital and almost always a child is examined by the physician. Some parents overuse this possibility. In practice the service looks quite similar to that in Peterborough.

Competing interests: I am the President of The College of Family Physicians in Poland.

13 June 2014
Tomasz Tomasik
physician
The College of Family Physicians in Poland
1 Muranowska Street, 00-209 Warszawa, Poland