The “national task” is urgent
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German health authorities urgently need thousands of new staff to track the chains of crown infection. Non-standard ideas also play out at the federal and state levels: in addition to the military, students, retirees, and travel agency staff can help.
D.federal states plan to significantly increase the number of health officials to be able to quickly monitor contacts, even if their number increases crown– Check the amount of infection. The Federal Chancellery estimates that a nationwide five-figure staff will be needed. Currently, all parties are promoting non-traditional recruitment methods.
For example, the most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has identified a nationwide need of about 4,500 employees. Currently, 2,200 employees are working on the reconstruction of infectious chains. North American Health Minister Carl-Joseph Lowman (CDU) has announced that another 1,200 government officials, such as tax inspectorates, will be reassigned in the coming days.
The remaining gap of about 1,000 people municipalities have to close on their own with temporary workers. These can be, for example, students or employees of travel agencies.
Bavaria has also decided to significantly increase its so-called contact search groups so that almost 6,000 people can take care of contact tracking if necessary.
In response to a WELT request, Baden-Württemberg announced that tracking efforts were also increasing as people were much more mobile than in the spring. At the beginning of September, there were 310 teams across the country, each with five people for further contact; since then this number has increased even more.
In addition, medical students or retirees who have volunteered through the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians need to be defeated to keep in touch. At the same time, about 20 urban and rural areas turned to the Bundeswehr for help. Other federal states want to determine the exact need within the next week.
Union wants “unconventional ways”
Chancellor Helge Brown (CDU) estimates that the nationwide additional need is more than 10,000 people. “The need is huge, we need a five-figure number of assistants,” said Brown of the Rheinische Post. The Bundeswehr has 5,000 soldiers in the short term and another 10,000 soldiers ready for action in 30 days parked for administrative assistance.
The deputy of the Union faction in the Bundestag, Andreas Jung (CDU), spoke of a “national task” in which all levels of government should be together. “The location of the Bundeswehr should set the tone for all federal and state authorities: the next steps now have priority as they protect against infection and thus can save lives,” Jung Welt said.
Jung also asked for “unconventional ways”: it is possible to recruit students with language skills so that there are no delays due to language barriers in cross-border contact control in neighboring countries.
SPD local government expert Bernhard Daldrup suggested “inter-municipal cooperation”, “in which less polluted municipalities temporarily provide staff for more polluted municipalities”. Public administrations had “some reserves that they can send to municipalities, we have already seen this in a crisis refugee environment.”
Daldrup criticized: The states took too long to raise the four billion euros that the federal government has allocated to municipalities for health care. “Public health authorities have existed in the shadows for too long. The Crown has shown how important a stable health service is. ”
The first head of the Green Group’s parliament, Britta Hasselman, called it “alarming” that many health departments were understaffed. The federal and state governments must act quickly and not bureaucratically. “In the short term, it is right to deploy staff from other areas. The municipality should also be provided with long-term financial assistance in strengthening the public health service and making it the basis of our health care system. “
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, a local political spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group, called for greater financial support for municipalities: “The federal and state governments have so far believed that a pandemic can be fought by order from above, and local individual circumstances have been criminally neglected.”
The vice-president of the left-wing parliamentary group, Gesine Letch, asked for individual decisions on the spot. She stressed that Bundeswehr soldiers “should be used to track contacts only when there are clearly no other options” – and if necessary under civilian guidance.