More than half of the doctors on the Polish Prime Minister’s Medical Council for COVID-19 have resigned in protest.
Thirteen of the 17 council members left on Friday, accusing Poland’s right-wing government of inaction during the pandemic.
The doctors said they were motivated by “a lack of impact of the recommendations on real action”, according to a press release reported by the PAP agency.
The letter accused the Polish government of increasing hesitancy and skepticism about vaccines during the health crisis.
On Tuesday, Poland became the latest European country to record 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths amid a rise in Omicron cases.
The doctors also blamed the Polish government for “very limited action in the face of the autumn wave … despite the large number of expected deaths”.
The resignations come after numerous calls from council members for tougher restrictions on the pandemic and a more active campaign for vaccinations.
Several top Polish MPs have openly expressed their opposition to vaccinations, although around 21.3 million of the country’s citizens have received two doses of a vaccine.