Proposal for better pay for nursing staff on Covid wards: create bonuses and tax incentives

The chairman of the conference of health ministers, Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU), has proposed better pay for nursing staff for Covid patients.

Lindau – “We have to send a signal immediately,” said Holetschek on Friday after the probably last conference of health ministers under his leadership in Lindau. The chairmanship will move to Saxony-Anhalt next year. He brought allowances for staff treating Covid patients or tax incentives into play. “From my point of view, care is the mega-topic for the next political evaluations,” said Holetschek. The federal, state and local governments would have to do everything possible to achieve real improvements.

In doing so, Holetschek responded, among other things, to staff shortages in nursing, including in intensive care units, which are attributed, among other things, to career dropouts and a high level of sick leave as a result of the great stress caused by the pandemic. In Bavaria alone, the number of available intensive care beds has plummeted by 20 percent because there are not enough staff available to operate the beds. (dpa)

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