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“Constantly at the limit” – pediatricians sound the alarm

According to experts, the situation at many children's hospitals is critical: a shortage of doctors, a shortage of skilled workers, a lack of money and the reduction of

According to specialists, the scenario at many youngsters's hospitals is essential: a scarcity of medical doctors, a scarcity of expert staff, a scarcity of cash and the discount in beds are placing the services below rising strain. Photo

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Leading pediatricians are sounding the alarm: German youngsters's hospitals are overloaded all yr spherical, not simply in winter. An skilled explains a potential answer.

Leading pediatricians are sounding the alarm in regards to the scenario at German youngsters's hospitals. “The system is now at its limit all year round, not just during the waves of infection in winter,” stated Florian Hoffmann, the newly elected president of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), to the “Stern” newspaper. “The wards are often overcrowded.” All youngsters's hospitals are overloaded, stated Hoffmann, who’s himself a pediatric intensive care physician on the LMU Munich.

At the identical time, Hoffmann criticized the federal authorities. “The children are the losers,” he stated in regards to the draft of the brand new hospital reform, which was simply accredited by the federal cupboard. “I had hoped that the protection of children would be given top priority with the new reform.”

Jörg Dötsch, Vice President of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ), referred to as for monetary incentives “so that nursing staff can now return to work after retirement or a career break and part-time workers can increase their hours”.