MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “When the federal government states that it wants to use rapid antigen tests in care facilities and hospitals to regularly test staff, visitors, patients and people in need of care for the corona virus, it is neglecting the biggest problem : the nursing emergency, ”explains Harald Weinberg, spokesman for hospital policy for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group. Weinberg continues: “Who pays for the additional personnel expenses and who conducts the training? Even before the Corona, the nursing staff had to struggle with poor working conditions and nursing emergency everywhere – be it in the care facilities or in the intensive care units. Burdening these caregivers with additional tasks is the wrong step. Even if the result is there in fifteen minutes, these tests take time. “Pia Zimmermann, spokeswoman for care policy, adds:” The Federal Ministry of Health Care facilities, hospitals and local health authorities are responsible for creating and implementing hygiene concepts. It is a mistake to say that the overburdened health authorities or the understaffed nursing homes could handle this additional work; the average nursing home would need about two additional professionals full-time to carry out the necessary tests. Quite apart from the fact that there are no additional skilled workers who could hire the homes, the financing of this additional work is not regulated. This requires clear guidelines and concepts from the Federal Ministry of Health on processes, training courses and standards as well as additional remuneration for the nursing staff who carry out these tests. Because neither the facilities and hospitals nor the nursing staff should be left alone in such a situation. “
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