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Majority of Polish medical panel quits in protest at government inaction on COVID – POLITICO

Majority of Polish medical panel quits in protest at government inaction on COVID – POLITICO
Departing members of Medical Council issue scathing statement accusing the government of pandering to COVID deniers and vaccine skeptics.

WARSAW — Thirteen out of 17 members of Poland's Medical Council resigned on Friday, protesting that the country's right-wing government had ignored their advice on how to fight the coronavirus pandemic.“The discrepancy between scientific and medical reasoning and practice has become particularly glaring in the context of very limited action in the face of the autumn wave, and then in the face of the threat of the Omicron variant, despite the enormous number of expected deaths,” the departing members of the Medical Council said in their statement, which was widely picked up by Polish media.Responding, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's government said in a statement that the Medical Council had provided "substantial support" for the government and its crisis management team, while decisions were taken on the basis of wide consultation."It is the role of the government to make decisions based on the various positions of experts — the Medical Council, economists, experts from other areas affected by the epidemic," the government statement added.

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