Within a week, the German parliament is passing a law on staff in hospitals and nursing homes. Compensation for hospitals.
The German parliament held an extraordinary session today with the sole subject of changes in the law on protection against infections. The plan submitted by the three parties that will form the new government, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals, envisages, among other things, the mandatory vaccination of staff in hospitals, nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, ambulances and maternity hospitals.
Employees in these areas must present to their employers by March 15th a certificate of either full vaccination or recovery, or that for certain reasons they cannot be vaccinated. From March 16, only people with one of the three certificates will be hired. In order to strengthen the vaccination campaign, pharmacists, veterinarians and dentists will also be allowed to vaccinate for a certain period of time.
Financial support for hospitals
In areas where coronavirus cases are rising exponentially, states will have the right to impose stricter restrictions on public gatherings, such as football matches. They will also be able to impose lockdowns for restaurants, bars, discos, as well as exhibitions. But swimming pools and gyms will not be allowed to close.
Legislative changes also provide for financial support for hospitals. In order to have prophylactically free beds for people suffering from coronavirus, many hospitals have canceled both non-emergency surgeries and scheduled admissions for examinations. In the event that for these reasons the occupancy of a hospital decreases and financial losses occur, the difference will be covered by the state.
The aim is for the bill to be passed on Friday by both Parliament and the Federal Council, the state representative body.
Panagiotis Kouparanis, Berlin
Source: Deutsche Welle
Source From: Capital