In July 2018 is made by the Federal government with the so-called “concerted action care” on the staffing in nursing. Now they presents the first results of their debates and plans for the future: education and training should be significantly increased. It was planned by 2023, the number of trainees and training facilities in the nation-wide average of ten percent compared to this year’s increase, said Federal Minister for family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD).

111 measures were held on the topic, including a nationwide public awareness campaign for nursing profession. Also planned are 5000 training places.

Giffey presented the projects together with the Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) and Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD). The key points had already announced it last Friday.

Spahn stressed once again that an improvement of the training and working conditions was necessary in order to attract more nurses. Healing said: “Without good working conditions and fair wages, we are heading for a crisis situation.”

Nearly 40,000 job Vacancies

last summer, the government had begun a process of discussion with employers and trade unions, welfare and concerned associations, churches, and health insurance. Until the summer of 2019, comprehensive proposals for the solution of the staffing are to be developed. At the time, almost 40,000 jobs in the nursing are vacant. At the same time, the number of patient increases significantly.

Since January, the Bundestag passed a law is, therefore, in force of 13,000 to provide additional Places in care for the elderly: The nursing staff-to strengthen the law ensures, inter alia, that the new Set will be paid in the inpatient elderly care from the statutory health insurance.

The social Association VdK requested with a view on the balance sheet of the Federal government’s clarity in the financing. The costs associated with the planned improvements, should not be saddled with “the patient and their families,” said VdK President Verena Bentele. “In need of care already pay a lot and often have to use up their entire savings to Fund the care.” The necessary money to make the nursing profession more attractive, would have to come from the nursing care insurance and from tax revenues. The equity shares in care are not likely to continue to rise.


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