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Legislation-related procedures

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The Team for counteracting healthcare fraud and corruption appointed by the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 4 October, 2006 (Official Journal of the Ministry of Health No. 15, item 74, as amended) has been operating for several years in the Ministry of Health. The Team performs opinioning and advisory functions for the minister of health. It is composed of the representatives of: all organizational units of the Ministry of Health, National Health Fund, the Patient’s Rights Ombudsman Office, Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products, National Centre for Health Information Systems, Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, Main Pharmaceutical Inspectorate and the Ministry of Interior.

In 2007 the Team made a resolution on adopting the recommendation on amending the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 19 November, 2004 on the rules and mode of performing legislative works in the Ministry of Health (Official Journal of the Ministry of Health No. 15, item 133, as amended). The amendment assumed that the organizational units of the Ministry of Health and organizational units subordinated to the minister of health or supervised by the minister were obliged to analyze normative acts held by their owners with a view to their validity, relevance, purposefulness and effectiveness, including counteracting the corruption. At the initiative of the Team, each organization unit appointed anti-corruption activities coordinator responsible for analysis of draft normative acts with a view to corruption tackling.

In addition, legal counselors employed in the Legal Service and Administrative Proceeding Division of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Health, in the course of the performed administrative, judicial or judicial and administrative proceedings may be potentially at risk of corruption , e.g. when providing access to administrative files to the part under Article 10 of the Act of 14 June, 1960 – Code of administrative proceeding (Journal of Laws of 2013, item 267). When performing the profession of public trust, they are obliged to observer the Ethics Code of Legal Counselor and the content of oath. The other guarantee of due performance of duties by legal counselors is the provision of Article 3 of the Act of 6 July, 1982 on legal counselors (Journal of Laws of 2010, No. 10, item 65, as amended) providing for that the legal counselor is obliged to keep confidential any information acquired with regard to providing legal service and the obligation of keeping the professional secret may not be limited in time.

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The Ministry of Health is an office of government administration serving the Minister of Health.

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