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Upper Austria irons out the “care billion”.

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It is one of the 20 measures of the “care billion”: the training grant. Nursing students are to receive 600 euros per month in the future, but support is not evenly distributed. Trainees for health professions receive the scholarship for the entire three-year training, those for social professions only for half a year. It’s about related professions, but health professions are subject to federal law, social professions are a matter for the federal states.

The state of Upper Austria will spend 12 million euros by 2025 to eliminate this inequality: as of next autumn, students in the social professions will also receive a scholarship for the duration of their training. In addition, nursing professions in the work with the disabled are also promoted, they also do not appear in the care billion.

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“We are thus taking an important measure to secure the care landscape in Upper Austria and to inspire more people for these professions,” said Upper Austria’s Governor Thomas Stelzer (VP).

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The scholarship will be financed jointly by the federal and state governments over the next three years: 37.7 million will come from the federal government and 18.9 million from the state of Upper Austria. In addition, there are four million annually from the state to support the social professions. Of the 1,331 people whose training is funded by the state, 86 percent are in social care professions.

“Every nurse makes a valuable contribution to our society, regardless of their training,” said Social Provincial Councilor Wolfgang Hattmannsdorfer (VP). In a letter he and Governor-Stv. and health officer Christine Haberlander (VP) drew the attention of Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) to the gap between health and social professions. Without success. It was therefore “clear” that the state would have to expand the federal premium, said Hattmannsdorfer. “With the training subsidy, we are creating an incentive for newcomers and those switching to do an apprenticeship in the health sector,” said Haberlander. The state bonus also supports students who have to do mandatory internships in hospitals and homes.

The funding can be claimed from autumn. Since the responsibilities for the payment have to be clarified “at very short notice”, no exact date for the application can be given, according to a broadcast from the state yesterday. A working group was set up.

Source: Nachrichten

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