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Health: “Constantly at the limit” – pediatricians sound the alarm

Health: “Constantly at the limit” – pediatricians sound the alarm

Leading pediatricians are sounding the alarm: German children’s hospitals are overloaded all year round, not just in winter. An expert explains a possible solution.

Leading pediatricians are sounding the alarm about the situation at German children’s hospitals. “The system is now at its limit all year round, not just during the waves of infection in winter,” said 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 children’s hospitals are overloaded, said Hoffmann, who is himself a pediatric intensive care doctor at the LMU Munich.

At the same time, Hoffmann criticized the federal government. “The children are the losers,” he said about the draft of the new hospital reform, which was just approved by the federal cabinet. “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), called for financial incentives “so that nursing staff can now return to work after retirement or a career break and part-time workers can increase their hours”.

Source: Stern

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