Entertainment Berlin Medical Association: "We fear the overload of the health system"

17:05  28 november  2021
17:05  28 november  2021 Source:   berliner-zeitung.de

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Mr. Bobbert, you represent the medical staff in the clinics, where the heavy cases of the pandemic have to be treated. Do you see an acute or foreseeable overload of the health system in Berlin?

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Yes. We already see that we are on the border in Berlin. We fear the overload of the health system. This is due to the number of people who need to be intensive care. On the other hand, however, in particular on the overload of the staff on the beds. The employees have been working on the attack for months, have been going beyond the borders for months. The fourth wave threatens to overwrite us now.

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goal must be that we at least reach the numbers of June. At that time we had 1.4 million vaccinations per day nationwide.

Do you still see vaccinating as the most important step in dealing with Corona?

vaccination is the way out of the pandemic. Together with the contact restrictions and the hygiene regulations applicable between two years. We have it in my hands to break the fourth wave.

According to sociological studies, among those who do not want to vaccinate, only a few hesitant or doubters, but in the oversized number, there are people who reject the vaccine. Do you see a way to change this?

We will not get tired of convincing those who have not yet been vaccinating so far. That's why we see it very positively that the number of investments has increased significantly in recent days. At the same time, we now have to be much faster with the boosting.

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It is a more irritating situation that has not been developed in the largest strain on the health system for decades, but hospital beds have also been reduced in intensive care units and there has also been staff there. Has the great coalition failed on this point?

We are now apparent again how important a well-functioning health system is in this country. And that works only if we have the employees in the medical and nursing area. To support these people must be our responsibility. Even those of politics.

What are your demands to improve the situation at short notice?

Breaking the fourth wave is the solidarity task of all in this country. In addition to vaccination, contact restrictions and the hygiene measures, the rapid support of people in the health system requires every day for the health of other work.

What do you think of the announced Corona premium for the nursing personnel?

A Corona premium is a short-term sign of support, but no long-term solution. Here, I realize it, of course, that the premium is paid not only for the nursing staff, but for all those who provide Corona patients, also for doctors.

What are your demands to stabilize the situation for the time to Corona?

In the long term, we have to improve all working conditions for employees. This is no longer just about better wages, but the improvement of everyday work. We simply need more staff and therefore fewer patients per employee, so that they have more time for each individual patient. In the health system, man must always be the focus, not the profit.

The interview led Jens Blankennagel.

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